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Wed Oct 28, 2020, 10:45 AM

Trump to strip protections from 16.7 million acres of Alaska's Tongass National Forest

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Juliet Eilperin
Oct. 28, 2020 at 10:48 a.m. EDT

President Trump will open up all 16.7 million acres of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging and other forms of development, according to a notice posted Wednesday, stripping protections that had safeguarded one of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforests for nearly two decades.

As of Thursday, it will be legal for logging companies to build roads and cut and remove timber throughout more than 9.3 million acres of forest — featuring old-growth stands of red and yellow cedar, Sitka spruce and Western hemlock. The relatively-pristine expanse is also home to plentiful salmon runs and imposing fjords. The decision, which will be published in the Federal Register, reverses protections President Bill Clinton put in place in 2001 and is one of the most sweeping public lands rollbacks Trump has enacted.


For years, federal and academic scientists have identified Tongass as an ecological oasis that serves as a massive carbon sink while providing key habitat for wild Pacific salmon and trout, Sitka black-tailed deer and myriad other species. It boasts the highest density of brown bears in North America, and its trees — some of which are between 300 and 1,000 years old — absorb at least 8 percent of all the carbon stored in the entire Lower 48′s forests combined.

While Trump has repeatedly touted his commitment to planting trees through the One Trillion Tree initiative, invoking it as recently as last week, his administration has sought to expand logging in Alaska and in the Pacific Northwest throughout his presidency. Federal judges have blocked several of these plans as illegal: Last week, the administration abandoned its appeal of a ruling that struck down a 1.8 million-acre timber sale on the Tongass’s Prince of Wales Island. Alaska Republicans — including Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Sen. Dan Sullivan, who is locked in a tight reelection race — lobbied the president to exempt the state from the roadless rule on the grounds that it could help the economy in Alaska’s southeast. Fishing and tourism account for 26 percent of regional employment, according to the Southeast Conference, a regional business group, compared with timber’s 1 percent.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/10/28/trump-tongass-national-forest-alaska/
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Wed Oct 28, 2020, 10:51 AM

1. Damnit

Is this the kind of think that can be reversed quickly?

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Response to d_r (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 28, 2020, 10:55 AM

2. I believe so. Biden just has to do what Trump did. Issue an order. I'd tell those fucking loggers

not to get too comfortable and Dr. Al Gross who's running against Sullivan should put out some ads. I can't imagine it's popular with the people of Alaska.
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Wed Oct 28, 2020, 10:57 AM

3. I bet it is

Popular to a lot of people who want to make logging roads to cut down trees, money money money

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Wed Oct 28, 2020, 10:59 AM

4. The article said tourism and fishing account for 26% employment, timber 1 %

I'm sure the GOP will misinform, though.
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