Thirty-eight Conservation Alliance members submit Roadless Area comment to the USDA

Waterfall into Punch bowl Lake. Misty Fiords National Monument. Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

In partnership with 38 member companies, The Conservation Alliance submitted THIS LETTER to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the form of public comment.
The fight is on to protect Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The State of Alaska is working to exempt the Tongass NF from the 2001 Roadless Rule by implementing an Alaska-specific Roadless Rule. The United States Department of Agriculture released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on 10/17, recommending the Tongass be exempted from the National Roadless Rule and opened to old growth logging. Exactly what President Trump requested.
The release of the DEIS kicked off a 60-day public comment period, offering folks from Alaska and across the country the opportunity to weigh in with their thoughts on the future of the Tongass through December 17, 2019. CLICK HERE to read more to learn about the effort to uphold the National Roadless Area Conservation Rule and to submit a comment before the 12/17 deadline. This important public comment is required by law, will be considered by the USDA in its production of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, and most importantly, will be filed publicly and used to defend the Tongass should litigation happen.