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‘There’s literally no downside’: Reagan-founded PAC pushes Trump to preserve Alaska’s Tongass Forest

By Abby Smith
Washington Examiner
June 28, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A political organization founded by former President Ronald Reagan is on a mission to convince President Trump to preserve the country’s largest national forest from more logging.  Citizens for the Republic, a political action committee founded by Reagan in 1977, just before he ran for president, has for months been calling on the Trump administration to reverse course on its proposal to lift protections for the more than 16-million acre Tongass National Forest in Alaska. In October, the U.S. Forest Service proposed to exempt the Tongass from the so-called “roadless rule,” a decision that, if finalized, would open up 9.5 million acres of untouched forest to logging and development. …Opening up the Tongass to logging would benefit the Chinese, the main purchasers of the region’s timber, at the expense of U.S. taxpayers, Citizens for the Republic argues.

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