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Drought In The World’s Largest Temperate Rainforest?

Extreme drought in a rainforest might seem like an oxymoron, but it isn’t.

Since early 2018, the southern portion of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, has experienced moderate to extreme drought. This has wide-ranging consequences on drinking water supplies, electricity costs, salmon habitat and forest health.