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When several settled together, they would form ad hoc committees to record their mining claims and to judge crimes, for which the only available punishments were banishment or summary execution. A significant non-Native population arrived all at once. In 1897, steamers landed in Seattle and Portland carrying prospectors from beyond the rim of civilization with trunks and gunnysacks full of gold. Americans were suffering a deep economic depression caused in part because of a lack of gold—it backed the currency, and its scarcity had made money too valuable, driving down prices and rendering debts impossible to repay.
In fact, only a third of Alaska is forested at all, and most of this is the boreal forest that covers the central part of the state, behind the rain shadow of coastal mountains that intercept moist clouds off the oceans. Ranging from the Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage, to the Brooks Range, where the Arctic begins, this is a taiga—a moist, subarctic forest of smaller, slower-growing, hardier trees that leave plenty of open sky between their branches. In well-drained areas, on hillsides and southern land less susceptible to permafrost, the boreal forest is a lovely, broadly spaced combination of straight, proud white spruce and pale, spectral paper birch.
Here, at least, Alaska does seem permanent. That sense helps explain why logging the rainforest is so controversial. Just one of these trees contains thousands of dollars’ worth of wood. Vast Southeast lands owned by Alaska Native corporations were stripped of their old trees for the money they brought to their owners. But the great majority of this rainforest land belongs to the federal government, and a combination of environmental campaigns and economics put a stop to large-scale logging on that land while most of it remained virgin.