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Plan to lift roadless rule in Alaska’s Tongass national forest threatens economy

By Tom Wathen
The Hill
December 3, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska — one of the world’s last intact temperate rainforests — helps feed Americans across the country, enriches the environment, and contributes to a tourism economy that surrounding communities depend on. So it’s not surprising that two-thirds of voters in the area around the forest oppose logging these lands or allowing it only in areas where logging roads already exist. But that didn’t stop the Trump administration from proposing, on Oct. 15, to lift protections on more than 9 million acres of the Tongass. …The policy enjoys broad public support, with 75 percent of Americans in favor compared with 16 percent who oppose the rule, according to a pollconducted in March; that support was 77 percent among rural residents. …The Forest Service began considering eliminating roadless area protections in the Tongass in response to a petition filed by the state of Alaska in early 2018.  

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