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Jobs vs. Trees — Which Is More Important?

The Obama afministration recently approved the sale of timber in a road-less, Alaskan, national forest. What does this mean for the species that live there?

The Tongass National Forest

Photo: markcbrennan (Flickr)

Recently, the Obama Administration approved the sale of timber in a road-less, Alaskan forest.


Yesterday, the Obama Administration approved the sale of timber in a road-less national forest in Alaska, the Tongass National Forest.

This 17-million acre forest is the largest temperate rain forest in the United States and home to a number of endangered species and native tribes.

Obviously this has environmental groups up in arms, some who even have evidence that the whole thing could be a big waste of money. But both Alaskan Senators approve and hope the move will help improve their state’s jobless rate.

Read More:

  • Obama administration green lights logging in Tongass National Forest (Mother Nature Network)
  • Funding Bill Threatens Parks, Wilderness, Refugees, (The Wilderness Society)
  • Obama Administration Approves First Road-less Logging Contract In Alaska’s Tongass National Forest (Huffington Post)
Cory Barker

Cory Barker is a summer intern for Earth Eats and senior IU student from Hartford City, Indiana. He is double majoring in journalism and communication and culture with a minor in business.

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