FOIA: 96% of Americans support keeping national Roadless Rule on the Tongass despite attempted rollback

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 5, 2020, JUNEAU, ALASKA —  A staggering majority of public comments are in favor of protecting the Tongass National Forest — the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world and one of the nation’s largest carbon storehouses — from new road building and logging, despite attempted rollbacks from the Trump administration and Alaska’s Congressional Delegation.

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Clean Water Act Does Not Sanction Loophole

CHILKAT INDIAN VILLAGE * LYNN CANAL CONSERVATION * RIVERS WITHOUT BORDERS * SOUTHEAST ALASKA CONSERVATION COUNCIL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 24, 2020 —  Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund validates the strength of the Clean Water Act to protect our nation’s waters. The decision recognizes polluters cannot avoid the Clean Water Act’s permit requirements just by pumping pollution into the ground where doing so is the functional equivalent of discharging that pollution directly into streams, lakes, and oceans.

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Alexander Archipelago Wolves Need Urgent Help Following Record Killings in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE * CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY * SOUTHEAST ALASKA CONSERVATION COUNCIL 

For Immediate Release: 

Alexander Archipelago Wolves Need Urgent Help Following Record Killings in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest 

JUNEAU, Alaska (April 15, 2020) – Conservation groups today called on the U.S. Forest Service to take immediate steps to protect Alexander Archipelago wolves on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest following word that 165 wolves – representing 97% of the most recent population estimate – were killed this past trapping season.

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Alaska Governor Puts Citizens At Risk With Recent Budget Vetoes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 8, 2020, ANCHORAGE — Governor Dunleavy has gambled with Alaskan lives by ​cutting $261 million​ in two budget bills and expecting $191 million in federal stimulus funds to alleviate his cuts. Using budget vetoes to push a political agenda when Alaskans are showing up for one another like never before risks the health and safety of every Alaskan in every community. Alaska lawmakers went on the record in the ​Anchorage Daily News​ stating they believe the Governor is wrong, recognizing the federal dollars are for “necessary expenditures” related to the global health pandemic. ​Alaskans and Alaska's small businesses urgently need all available funds to get through this public health crisis.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Roadless Rule, wolves, herring and more on the docket at council meeting this week

MARCH 23, 2020 — The Alaska Roadless Rule, Prince of Wales wolf population and Sitka herring fishery are just some of the important topics that will be discussed at a meeting of the Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council this week.

The Council will be meeting via teleconference from March 24-26, and will provide updates and take public comment on multiple issues related to Southeast Alaska’s hunting and subsistence resources.

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SEACC demands suspension of Roadless Rule process until federal investigation is complete

Press Release: March 12, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEACC demands suspension of Roadless Rule process until federal investigation is complete

The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is demanding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue immediately suspend the Alaska Roadless Rulemaking process until the Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation into questionable use of federal grant money is complete.

SEACC submitted the request to Secretary Perdue Thursday, in a letter that was also sent to Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige, Alaska’s U.S. Congressional Delegation, the Alaska Forest Association (AFA), and Tribal Cooperating Agencies and called for full cooperation from state officials.

READ THE LETTER IN FULL HERE 

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