Alaska’s southeastern panhandle, a chain of misty, fjord-footed mountains and over a thousand islands, is home to Tongass, the largest national forest in the U.S. and roughly 30 percent of the old growth temperate rainforest left in the world.
Alaska’s rich natural resources have always lured trappers, hunters, gold miners, and fishermen. Loggers and oil companies followed. At times, the bounty seemed endless, but each industry has taken its toll.
Many Tongass communities began as logging camps. The camps turned into towns and although logging activity has declined, many families stayed on because of the benefits of close-knit, small town life in the wilderness. The people are very self-sufficient. Men hunt and fish to sustain their livelihoods.
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