The Afognak improved forest management project takes place on Afognak Island in Alaska, about 40 miles from Kodiak. The area covered consists of over 8,200 acres of old-growth Sitka spruce stands, nonproductive open areas, and previously clearcut areas with dense grasses, shrubs, and sporadic Sitka spruce regeneration. The land is jointly owned by the American Land Conservancy (ALC) and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF). Prior land use history included aggressive clearcutting for commercial logging operations, a practice that continues in the region outside of the project area. Project management has a low impact, focusing on salvage, restoration, and preventative management on small areas.
Million metric tons of carbon captured over 30 years
Acres of forest protected
- Old-growth forests will reduce about 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide over a 30 year period.
- Provides a safe environment for animals that live there, including 5 species of salmon, brown bears, otters, weasels, deer, goats, beaver, rabbits, and bald eagles.
- Produces clean air and water for the Earth by acting as a natural filter that helps remove pollutants from the air and water.
- Provides local jobs in regards to property supervision and monitoring.
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