Federal Judge Dismisses Alaska’s Challenge of Roadless Rule

A federal judge has dismissed Alaska’s court challenge of the roadless rule for national forest land.

Alaska had the last remaining legal case against the 2001 nationwide rule, which prohibits new road construction, reconstruction or logging on large undeveloped areas of national forest land across the U.S. That includes parts of the Tongass and Chugach national forests in Alaska.

U.S. District Court judge Richard Leon ruled this month that the state missed a six-year deadline for mounting its legal challenge.

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