Written by: Nelli Williams, TU Alaska Program Director
Several years ago, Trout Unlimited worked with scientists and fishing business owners to identify 77 watersheds on the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska that are extremely important to trout and salmon. Since then, TU has been working with the Forest Service to put more protective conservation measures in place for these high value fish watersheds.
Right now, there is a Forest Service public-comment period open, and we are asking anglers and others who care about salmon and trout to speak up for the inclusion of fish-focused management for the Tongass 77 watersheds in the new Forest Plan Amendment. More than 2,000 Alaskans have already weighed in on this, and we are hoping to get many more individuals to add their voices before the comment period closes on February 22.
Click here to tell the Forest Service that the new plan should conserve the most productive streams for salmon and trout within the Tongass.