Your request is being processed... Obama Administration Approves First Roadless Logging Contract In Alaska's Tongass National Forest

In this video, produced by, you can see both the natural beauty of the landscape and wildlife In The Tongass Forest, along with the destruction that logging has caused.

Alaskan Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich both supported the administration's decision to allow the timber sale, explaining that it would provide jobs to the area's underemployed loggers.

Environmentalists have long criticized allowing logging in national forests as not only destructive, but a waste of taxpayer money.

According to The Wilderness Society:

American taxpayers have not only watched as the Tongass has been picked apart by road building and logging, they've paid for the privilege. The tab extends beyond $750 million over 20 years. In a single year alone, the Forest Service spent $36 million on the Tongass timber program and got back in revenues only $1 million. Subsidies for logging roads account for nearly half of timber program costs annually.
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