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Alaska State Register of Big Trees

Field Trips ... 4d6b?hl=en
Ducks can tell the difference... September 11, 2009

Beetles, wildfire work together to ravage northern forests ... =email_msg Aug 24,

Acidity in Alaska ocean waters puts fisheries at risk - WARMING:
Oceanographer says ecosystems are going to take a hit. ... =email_msg
Aug 24, 2009 ... 9dd3?hl=en
Forests fall to beetle outbreak August 6, 2009

Hundreds of Thousands of Acres Burning in Interior Alaska ... c=eoa-iotd
August 5, 2009 ... g_id=16942
Fires in Yukon Flats, Alaska June 2005 ... alaska.htm
Alaska Tongass Timber Sale - Sept 2004 ... forest.htm
Chugach National Forest beetle infestation, Alaska July 2002 ... arming.htm
Alaska Warming Trends March 2006

Glacier Bay National Park The park has snow-capped mountain ranges
rising to over 15,000 feet, coastal beaches with protected coves, deep fjords,
tidewater glaciers, coastal and estuarine waters, and freshwater lakes. These
diverse land and seascapes host a mosaic of plant communities ranging from
pioneer species in areas recently exposed by receding glaciers, to climax
communities in older coastal and alpine ecosystems. Diverse habitats support a
variety of marine and terrestrial wildlife. As is the case throughout much of
Southeast Alaska, temperate rainforest dominates the southern part of Glacier
Bay National Park. The “high biological productivity” or ability of many plants
to live in this coastal area is due to the mild, moist climate that has
developed in the region over the past 200-300 years. This is an old growth
forest with massive evergreen trees like western hemlock and Sitka spruce that
drip with lichens and mosses, and a thick layer of vegetation such as
blueberries, fungi, liverworts and wildflowers that blankets the forest floor.
The sheer quantity of things living or that once lived but are now decaying
means that this type of forest produces some of the largest accumulations of
organic material on earth.

Tongass National Forest, Alaska ... rowth3.htm
The largest temperate rain forest in the United States, indeed in the world, is also
the least protected. President Clinton recently declared a moratorium on
roadbuilding in all the extensive roadless areas of the national forests — all,
that is, except for the Tongass. This leaves a 17-million-acre sleeping giant,
vulnerable to massive clear-cutting and irreparable erosion. The forest
really is a trackless wilderness, with only a modest 600 miles of trail, much of
that hardly used. Most of the trails can be found near the small communities
along the Inside Passage. Perhaps the forest is best experienced on the coastal
islands. The Kootznoowoo Wilderness on Admiralty Island is a good pick to
experience the spruce-hemlock rain forest with pockets of boggy muskeg.

Tongass National Forest, Alaksa, USDA Forest Service Site

Tongass Firsthand: Small Visitor to a Giant Land
by Patricia Adams
This summer I returned with my husband, John, NRDC's founder, to the Tongass
National Forest in southeast Alaska, the site of one of my first NRDC trips 27
years ago. On the surface, not that much has changed. Today as then, the Tongass
still appears, as it did to John Muir, "in the morning of creation."

GORP- Alaksa Wilderness Areas ... rea/ak.htm
Aleutian Islands, Andreafsky, Arctic, Becharof, Bering Sea, Bogoslof, Chamisso, Chuck
River, Coronation Island, Denali, Endicott River, Forrester Island, Gates of the
Arctic, Glacier Bay, Hazy Islands, Innoko, Izembek, Karta River, Katmai, Kenai,
Kobuk Valley, Kootznoowoo (Admiralty Island National Monument), Koyukuk, Kuiu,
Lake Clark, Maurelle Islands, Misty Fiords National Monument, Noatak, Nunivak,
Petersburg Creek-Duncan Salt Chuck, Pleasant/Lemusrier/Inian Island, Russell
Fiord, St. Lazaria, Selawik, Semidi and Simenof, South Baranof, South Etolin
Island, South Prince of Wales, Stikine-LeConte, Tebenkof Bay, Togiak, Tracy
Arm-Fords Terror, Tuxedni, Unimak, Warren Island, West Chichagof-Yakobi,
Wrangell-Saint Elias.

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