“The Forest Service has been selling 500-year-old trees for about the price of a cheeseburger,” stated a 1989 New York Times editorial. Today on the Tongass, the basement bargain continues.
Last year the Forest Service unveiled a plan to cut 149 million board feet of timber on Prince of Wales Island. Of that, 115 million board feet would come in old-growth forest. The sale skidded to a halt, however, when a freshly retired Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist raised red flags.