Tree Frog Forestry News

The Alaska Roadless Rule decision is moving along. Some tribal governments say it’s moving too fast.

By Elizabeth Jenkins
Alaska Public Radio
March 14, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service quietly hit another milestone in its ongoing efforts to consider building new roads in the Tongass National Forest. Last month, it received comments on an important document from cooperating groups. The state has been providing feedback that could shape the outcome of the new rule, and so have Southeast Alaska tribes. But some of the tribal governments say the timeline has felt rushed for a decision that could have a major impact on rural Alaska. Joel Jackson, the tribal president of the Organized Village of Kake, said it’s impossible to separate the Tongass National Forest from the dinner table. “That’s the way I was taught from my father,” Jackson said. “He never liked the word ‘subsistence’ either. He always explained it to me, it’s our way of life.”

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