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Alaska files to defend Tongass exemption from Roadless Rule

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska and several other groups have filed to defend the Tongass National Forest’s exemption from a rule that limits development on federal land. Alaska’s Energy Desk reported on Thursday that the filing fights back against a group of tribal, environmental, fishing and tourism organizations who sued over the Trump administration’s decision last year to dismiss the Roadless Rule for the Tongass. The Roadless Rule was adopted in 2001 and limits road construction and timber harvesting on National Forest System lands. The tribal and conservation groups say the decision to lift the rule was based on a flawed environmental analysis and ignores the input of Alaska Native tribes and the rest of the public

 


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