‘Understory:’ Fighting the Destruction of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

This documentary explores the destruction of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest — and how a few people tried to stop it.

Told through the lens of three women’s personal connections to the Tongass forest and land, this documentary makes the case for why some forests are worth saving.

“Saving ancient forests is critical to both the resilience of humans and the future of our planet’s climate,” wrote the film’s staff in a statement. The Tongass National Forest spans 11 million acres and is the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest.

It’s home to a host of endangered tree, plant, and wildlife species. It’s also home to native inhabitants of Alaska. These people call Tongass home, and they don’t want that to change. The film profiles three individuals — an angler, a biologist, and an artist — who spoke up to protect the forest.

“Understory” was produced by Peak Design and Wild Confluence Media. The full film premieres today at 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST)  and will be available for free public viewing online until Sunday, Feb. 28.

Update: the full film is available above to watch for free online as of December 7, 2021.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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