The Alaskan temperate rain forest is home to an ecosystem that is more rare and unique than tropical rain forests.
Most people know about the importance of tropical rain forests but lesser is known about the importance of coastal temperate rainforests such as Alaska's Tongass.
The Tongass National Forest is the nation's largest national forest (17 million acres) and covers most of Southeast Alaska.
The Tongass is a “salmon forest”: its streams are a vital salmon spawning habitat. Spawning is how fish lay their eggs.
Temperate rainforests accumulate and store more organic matter than any other forest type.
Temperate rain forests are globally rare, they used to be located on almost every continent; however, today only 50 percent, or 75 million acres, of these forests remain worldwide.
Half of those are found in a narrow band between Alaska and northern California.
Brown bear, black bear, wolves, bald eagles and wild salmon flourish in the Alaskan temperate rain forests. Whales, sea lions, seals and other marine mammals thrive in waters nourished by the rain forest.
ANSWER THIS QUESTION TO RECEIVE YOUR CLUE FROM THE ALASKAN RAIN FOREST:
“WHY DO YOU THINK THE ALASKAN TEMPERATE RAIN FOREST IN THE TONGASS CALLED A SALMON FOREST?” (hint: read above about the salmon)