Vince Murray’s Tongass Story

"To think that we might put this special forest at risk is unimaginable to us."

From Vince Murray, of Moscow, Idaho:

“My first memory of the Tongass is from 1981 when I took the ferry north from Seattle and ended up as a watchman/caretaker outside Tenakee Springs. Kayaking beneath the tall rock cliffs of Misty Fjords, on the ice-strewn water of LeConte Inlet, beside the dense, rich forests of Admiralty Island has helped keep me near the land through the years. But my favorite time probably was canoeing the Stikine River with my wife from Telegraph Creek to Wrangell, Alaska. The mountains, the glaciers, the animals, the richness of an intact system of life all without encountering other humans, was something very special. To think that we might put this special forest at risk is unimaginable to us. Although we now live to the south in the contiguous U.S., Southeast Alaska is never far from our minds, and we still visit whenever possible. We must do all that we can to preserve this special place. Money can never replace what the Tongass already provides.”

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