Roadless Rule’s Future in Tongass Remains Uncertain

Photo and Story by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

It’s unclear whether the federal government will appeal a judge’s decision to apply the roadless rule to Southeast Alaska’s Tongass Forest.

A federal judge on Friday lifted an exemption to the nationwide logging-limiting rule that had been in place since the Bush administration. Plaintiffs say the ruling will protect fishing and tourism jobs. Critics say it will hurt the timber industry, as well as mining and hydropower development.

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