Tongass National Forest, National Geographic Magazine: Aerial Of Logging In Winter

Landscape showing white cleared hillsides in snowy mountains.

More than 5,000 miles of roads are carved into the remote landscape for clear-cutting whole swatches of forests on Chichagof Island. An aerial picture after a winter snow reveals patches on lower reaches of the mountains where logging traditionally occurs. Taxpayer money has subsidized the timber industry since 1980. Tongass National Forest timber management has cost U.S. taxpayers roughly one billion dollars, making it the largest money loser in the entire national forest system.

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