USDA looking to restore Tongass roadless protections


December 2, 2021

Ola Richards/ Petersburg Pilot

An old logging road on Mitkof Island.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking to repeal the 2020 Alaska Roadless Rule which could restore protections to roadless areas within the Tongass National Forest according to an announcement from November 23.

The 2020 Alaska Roadless Rule, approved under the Trump administration on October 29, 2020, allowed for road construction and timber harvesting in the Tongass which was previously protected by the 2001 Roadless Rule according to the USDA.

The repeal comes as the department aims to make conservation efforts in the forest to support ecological, social, cultural, and economic...

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