The 2001 National Roadless Rule protects the Tongass’ old-growth trees and keeps large portions of the Tongass wild and un-roaded. 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. Alaskans came out in force to write comments, come to public meetings, and tell the Forest Service to KEEP Roadless on the Tongass. Beginning this spring, the public will once again have the opportunity to defend the National Roadless Rule on the Tongass.
Sign our pledge if you are willing to stand up for the Tongass to keep it roadless and wild!
The proposed Alaska-specific Roadless 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 industry. Instead of managing the Tongass as the incredible and unique national asset that we know it is, the Forest Service could cave to the State of Alaska, even though the State cannot show a need to change the National Roadless Rule on the Tongass.
During the spring we will need to take action in a variety of ways. Taking the pledge will tell us that you are ready to do just that. These actions will build towards the summer when, thanks to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the public gets to review and comment on a series of potential next step scenarios known as “alternatives.” These alternatives will outline the Forest Service’s analysis of impacts to Tongass roadless wildlands. Together we 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.
SEACC is getting organized NOW because we will need all hands on deck to make sure our voices are heard. Sign the Pledge today!
Once you sign the pledge, we will keep you updated and involved in our Keep the Tongass Roadless and Wild campaign, and the NEPA process. Together, we will ensure Secretary Sonny Perdue learns why Southeast Alaskans want to keep the National Roadless Rule on the Tongass.