I applaud Trout Unlimited for commissioning the economic study of Southeast Alaska’s salmon and trout fisheries that Jonathan Grass wrote about in his Jan.18 article. As someone who makes their living off the waters of Southeast, I had a pretty good idea that these fisheries were valuable. But this study proved that fish and fish production is the cornerstone of our economy, generating $1 billion in economic output every year and putting one in 10 Southeast Alaskans to work. I hope the Forest Service will heed this report and put more of its budget and staff time into managing the Tongass for salmon and trout. This report is a wake-up call that the Tongass is really a salmon forest, and with careful management, this bounty can support our generation and future generations to come.
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