The 2001 National Roadless Rule protects Tongass’ old-growth trees and keeps large portions of the Tongass wild, without new logging roads. In 2018 the US Forest Service started working with the State of Alaska to develop an Alaska-specific Roadless Rule, a poorly-veiled attempt to prop up a declining timber industry. The proposed rule would make it easier for clearcut old-growth logging by stripping away protections for Tongass Roadless wildlands vital to Southeast Alaska’s thriving tourism and fishing industries.
Thanks to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the public will have the opportunity to step up and take action, telling the Forest Service to KEEP Roadless on the Tongass. This is because NEPA requires the government to consider the impacts of their actions while listening and responding to our concerns. During spring 2019, SEACC will be taking action in a variety of ways to protect the Tongass. These actions will build towards the summer when the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), part of the NEPA process, will be published. This will outline possible alternatives for action, including the ‘no action’ alternative which would keep the national rule in place.
SEACC and Roadless supporters will pressure Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, to choose the ‘no-action’ alternative, which would keep the National Roadless Rule on the Tongass.
As the Keep the Tongass Roadless and Wild Campaign progresses, we will use this page to keep SEACC supporters updated and provide supporters with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to stand tall for the Tongass.
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