Prince of Wales
“It’s like being caught in a spiderweb. You’ll find yourself pushing with every part of your body, and no part of your body will be able to move. You’re totally trapped by–held by plants,” says Elsa Sebastian, describing what it’s like to bushwhack through a 25-year old clear cut in Southeast Alaska. It’s something the lady fisherman did a lot of this past summer in an effort to defend the remaining old growth on her home island, Prince of Wales.
In January of 2017, Alaska Representative Don Young introduced a bill that would transfer up to two million acres of the Tongass National Forest to the State of Alaska for timber harvest. Much of that land would come from Prince of Wales.
For the fourth installment of our Endangered Spaces series, we travel with Elsa and her companions, botanical illustrator Mara Menahan and biologist Natalie Dawson, as they trek through the areas on the island selected for transfer to see for themselves what’s been lost and what remains to be saved.
Learn more about the project at laststands.org
Find Mara’s illustrations at maramenahan.com
Music: If Walls Could Talk by Jacob Bain & Nis Kotto • Whatever Comes My Way by Vienna Ditto • Loops to Aviemore by The Freeharmonic Orchestra • novocaine by Fog Lake • Passages by Kai Engel • The Cuckoo by Jason Tyler Burton • Belly of the Whale by Jason Tyler Burton • daemones by Kai Engel • Fog by Sergey Cheremisinov • Something by Kai Engel • rattlesnake by Fog Lake • The Fallen by MC Cullah • One Day by Bradley Carter • love letters lost by Fog Lake • Clinchfield Rail by Jeff Przech
Tracks provided by Free Music Archive and with permission from the artists.