More than a million visitors from all around the world come to Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage each year, making tourism the biggest business in the region. And AdventureSmith’s travelers on our many varied Alaska trips and small ship Alaska cruises return each year in awe of the wilderness, solitude and intact ecosystems. Much of this is thanks to the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest, 9 million acres of which are protected from clear-cut logging and roads under the 2001 Roadless Rule.

Alaska’s awe-inspiring wilderness has much to do with the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest, 9 million acres of which are protected under the 2001 Roadless Rule.

The U.S. Forest Service, however, under urging from politicians who are out of touch with Southeast Alaska’s modern-day economy and the wishes of the majority of its residents, is planning to strip Roadless Rule protections, which would open up those protected lands for roads, clearcut logging and industrial development. That would not only damage tourism in this incredible place but also threaten future generations’ ability to experience one of America’s last truly wild landscapes.

Take action for the Tongass promotional image with company logos and public comment deadline of December 17, 2019.

Take Action – Public Comments Due by Tues Dec 17

Join AdventureSmith Explorations and many of our travelers in taking action to defend the Tongass National Forest. You can research the issue further and find ways to submit on this USDA Forest Service Roadless Rule News Release, or choose to access a pre-written letter you can customize direct to Forest Service Secretary Sonny Perdue:

A small ship sails in a quiet Alaska cove among the Tongass National Forest

Why It Matters to Me

Before founding AdventureSmith Explorations, throughout the 1990s I worked as an expedition leader aboard small ships sharing the beauty and wilderness of the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska with thousands of travelers just like you. At that time folks were dismayed to learn of the constant threat of federally subsidized, taxpayer funded clear-cuts that destroyed old growth spruce forests and habitat for wild Alaskan salmon, bears, wolves and eagles. When exposed to wild Alaska, travelers fell in love. When presented with the threats, they wanted to take action.

When exposed to wild Alaska, travelers fell in love. When presented with the threats, they wanted to take action.

So we raised awareness, we wrote letters, we spoke to congress… and in January 2001, Alaska Roadless Rule #54511 was passed and protected more than 9 million acres of coastal temperate rainforest. It was this type of connection to the environment and resulting activism that inspired me to found AdventureSmith Explorations. Alaska’s Tongass is again threatened and we must once more take action. Please join me in making your voice heard with a letter to maintain protections for the Alaska Roadless Rule.

A humpback whale breaches in Alaska's Inside Passage with a gray sky, water and a ship sailing along the Tongass forest shoreline in the background

AdventureSmith will continue to update this post after the public comment period ends with the latest actions you can take to make your voice for the Tongass National Forest heard.