Austin Williams

  • Conservation

    The Tongass National Forest should stay roadless

    Fishing and tourism provide 26 percent of the jobs in Southeast Alaska. Logging? One percent. Chris Hunt photo. Few decisions have been as short-sighted as last year’s repeal of the Roadless Rule on Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, which helps explain why 96 percent of all public comment opposed the repeal.  When large-scale logging first…

  • Conservation

    Celebrating 20 years of roadless conservation

    When you think about your favorite remote fishing or hunting trip, a wild landscape where large trout, wild salmon or big game are plentiful, or breathtaking scenery where you can get away from it all, the odds are good you’re thinking of a roadless area.   Roadless areas are strongholds for vulnerable fish and wildlife,…

  • Conservation

    Tongass Roadless Rule repeal makes no sense

    By Austin Williams This week, the U.S. Forest Service announced it is exempting the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Rule, and in the process removing protections for more than 9 million acres of the nation’s top salmon-producing forest.  This is the latest effort by politicians catering to a failing old-growth logging industry that refuses…

  • Conservation

    Cruise the Tongass for conservation

    Spring is coming early in Alaska this year. The sun is out (most days), the snow is quickly melting, and our nearby streams are starting to gain flow. Before long, the first salmon will arrive and the annual summer frenzy will be at full steam. For those hearty enough that know where to go, some…