In new challenges to Tongass 'Roadless Rule,' pro-logging arguments have disappeared
September 21, 2023
The state of Alaska, a coalition of business groups and a pair of electric-power organizations have opened a new round in the generation-long fight over environmental protections in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.
On Sept. 8, the state and two other groups of plaintiffs filed three separate federal lawsuits to challenge a Biden administration rule restricting new roads in parts of the forest, which is home to some of America’s last stands of old-growth trees.
Each lawsuit asks U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason to overturn the new rule and prior versions.