The Tongass National Forest in Alaska is America’s Rainforest. It was established by Teddy Roosevelt in 1907 and is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. Its giant Sitka Spruce and other old growth trees, which had already been growing for hundreds of years before Columbus came to America, are home to wolves, bears, salmon and Bald Eagles that have disappeared from many other parts of the country.
Temperate rainforests have suffered an even worse fate than the tropical rainforests. Extensive logging has already destroyed half the original rainforests, including up to 95 percent in its southern reaches in the United States. Alaska's rainforest represents over 40 percent of the world's remaining old-growth temperate rainforest, and contains the largest pristine stands. This ecosystem is one of the crown jewels of creation. We must not let it be lost like the others.