Have you written the Forest Service to tell them to keep Roadless in the Tongass? The comment period closes THIS MONDAY so submit your comments today!
The Roadless Rule protects inventoried roadless areas on all national forests from wasteful and harmful logging roads and is an important part of conservation here on the Tongass National Forest. To learn more about what has been going on, check out our recent Action Alert.
We have gotten off to an amazing start with people coming out in droves to support the Roadless Rule at recent public meetings. Despite the turnout, the Forest Service did not take any testimony during these meetings, requiring instead that everyone submit written comments. This means that even if you took time out of your busy schedule (thank you so much to those who did!) the only way to have your voice heard is to submit written comments by the end of the day on Monday, October 15th.
This is your best opportunity to influence the range of alternatives that will be looked at in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement that will come out for public review next summer. The State is pushing hard for the protections to be rolled back, but this is not the only possibility. If enough of us speak up we could keep the rule intact (a ‘no change’ alternative) or even strengthen protections on the Tongass; imagine how amazing that would be!
When you comment, be sure to add in personal touches like talking about the roadless areas that you love on the Tongass and how you use these lands - like fishing, hiking, hunting, exploring, and so much more. Don’t know what to say? You can simply state that you love the Tongass and Southeast, and that you want to keep protections for our ‘inventoried roadless areas. ’If you have any questions, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling our office at 907-586-6942.