Tongass National Forest-The Truth About Tongass, July, 2007 National Geographic Magazine

Alaska's southeast is a wilderness of mountains, glaciers and thousands of islands. It is home to Tongass, the largest national forest in the U.S. and 30 percent of old growth temperate rainforest left in the world. Rich resources lure people to Alaska for jobs in fishing and logging. Tourism is the fastest growing industry with the draw of landscapes with snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and abundant wildlife. Native communities and logging towns depend on salmon and richness of the land.

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