ANCIENT FORESTS FOREVER
The north Pacific temperate rainforest eco-region stretches from Prince William Sound through the Tongass National Forest, and all the way down the British Columbia coast to northern California. The Tongass is our nation’s largest national forest at nearly 17 million acres in size. Comprised of thousands of islands in Southeast Alaska, it supports abundant fish and wildlife, including healthy runs of all five species of salmon, brown and black bears, deer, wolves, bald eagles, ravens, goshawks, marbled murrelets and more.
“Ancient” or old growth forests are forests that have attained great age without significant disturbance. Ancient forests have varying tree sizes that provide critical wildlife habitat that helps to sustain the biodiversity of the ecosystem. The forests in the north contain predominantly Sitka spruce and western hemlock while those in the coastal forest to the south are home to red cedar, Douglas fir and coast redwoods.
Digital coloring was done by the amazing Grace Freeman.