30 Jul '15, 10pm

Huge Victory from the Ninth Circuit Protects the Tongass National Forest

I’m elated to tell you about a huge victory that will maintain protection for the roadless lands in the Tongass National Forest. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting in a rare, 11-judge en banc court, ruled that Bush-era action exempting the Tongass National Forest from the Clinton-era Roadless Rule is invalid. Yesterday’s decision will ensure that the roadless portions of the Tongass—the largest and wildest national forest in the U.S.—will be protected from new road-building and logging. RONSAN4D/iStock Photo Two grizzlies photographed in the Tongass. The Roadless Rule was enacted in the waning days of the Clinton administration in 2001. It was designed to protect “large, relatively undisturbed landscapes” in inventoried roadless lands within national forests. The Roadless Rule prevents expensive and damaging new roads and clear-cuts in intact forests wh...

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