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Letter: Protect Alaska

  • Author: Tyler Yarrow
    | Opinion
  • Updated: October 27
  • Published October 27

As Alaskans, there is one thing we can all agree on - the beauty and abundance of our home is worth protecting.

What is so special about Alaska is the intactness of our ecosystems. Unlike most places in the world we still enjoy clean water, plentiful wildlife, healthy salmon runs, and the opportunity to recreate in vast, wild spaces.

We have more bears than strip malls. How many places can say that in 2020? Not many.

But these blessings aren’t permanent. When we choose to engage in large-scale development and habitat destruction, we chip away at the Alaska we love.

The removal of the Roadless Rule in the Tongass National Forest is a mistake.

Let your perspective zoom out. Look down at Earth from space. Do you see how little wilderness is left?

A truly prosperous Alaska is one that says no to short-term profit in favor of long-term habitat health. We should prohibit industrial clear-cut logging in Southeast Alaska.

Humanity has consumed the natural world across most of the planet. The Tongass is still thriving. We have an obligation to ensure that our children – and their children – can learn from a healthy Tongass for generations to come.

Tyler Yarrow

Haines

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