SITKA, ALASKA Naturalist Richard Carstensen thinks that the conservation movement’s emphasis on protecting roadless watersheds in the Tongass may have come at too high a price.
The Forest Service in January released an amendment to the Tongass Land Management Plan that calls for re-opening timber harvests in the remaining old growth stands in previously-logged watersheds – areas Carstensen calls “hammered gems.”
In the second part of a two-part interview, Carstensen talks with KCAWs Robert Woolsey about why he believes logged areas should be conserved, and why that opinion presents a challenge to the environmental community. Part 2 of 2. To read the 29-page essay by Carstensen, and co-author Bob Christensen, go to
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