Essay contest takes aim at local ties to Tongass forest

Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2009

TONGASS N.F. - Does the recent sunshine remind you of even more reasons you love the Tongass? Does seeing a doe and fawn or humpback and calf inspire you to write? Do you love this great forest we call home even more when you taste wild berries, smell fresh cooking salmon, feel the satisfaction of crafting a home from locally-milled lumber or gaze out over a wild vista?

Then it's time to take a few moments to capture why you love the Tongass in writing by submitting an essay for the "I Love the Tongass" essay contest.

Children up to age 12 have their own category, so encourage the young Faulkner in your neighborhood to submit an essay too. The deadline for all entries is August 31.

Prizes include a signed and matted Mark Kelley print and select goods from Sagebrush Dry Goods in Kake. Winning essays will be distributed to over 5000 locals and visitors in the 2010 Tongass Tidebooks and published on

Essays should be based on why you love the Tongass and be no more than 750 words long. Please include your name, best contact information, and the community where you live when submitting your essay. You may also include photos (electronic JPEG format only) if you like.

For complete details or to submit your essay, please visit or call the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council at (907) 586-6942. You may also mail your essays to: Essays, 419 6th Street, Suite 200, Juneau, AK 99801.

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