Author and hunter Steven Rinella, host of Sportsman Channel’s MeatEater show, champions old growth conservation in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest in a new video. Produced as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s “Conservation Field Notes,” the video explores why habitat protection on the Tongass makes sense from a hunter’s perspective.
Rinella is the author of The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine and American Buffalo: In Seach of a Lost Icon. A self-described modern-day hunter-gatherer, Rinella is an expert on the hunting lifestyle, wild game, the ethics of hunting, and the human need for wilderness.
TU, which is working to conserve 1.8 million acres of prime salmon and trout habitat on the Tongass in a campaign called the Tongass 77, applauds TRCP and Rinella for producing the video and speaking out on behalf of the Tongass. Located in Southeast Alaska, the 17-million-acre Tongass is the country’s largest national forest. It supports a billion-dollar salmon and trout fishery and more than 7,300 fishing-related jobs. Field & Stream selected the Tongass as one of its Best Wild Places in 2011.