Alaska will continue its court battle against a U.S. Forest Service policy that blocks logging in undeveloped areas of national forests.
In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a federal judge’s ruling that Alaska waited too long to file its complaint.
The appeals court said Alaska’s lawsuit, filed in 2011, was within a six-year time limit.
The U.S. Forest Service argued that the clock on Alaska’s suit began running in 2001 when the roadless rule was issued. The three-judge appeals panel disagreed, saying the rule was repealed in 2005 by the Forest Service and reinstated in 2006 by a federal judge.