Federal court blocks logging in largest national forest, Alaska officials fuming

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July 31, 2015

A federal appeals court has locked down America’s largest national forest from logging, in a tight decision that reverses a Bush-era bid to open up the Alaska land and has state officials fuming.

“[The] ruling is a disappointment and a severe setback for the economies of Southeast Alaska,” Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in a statement.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in the 6-5 decision, on Wednesday lifted Tongass National Forest’s longstanding exemption from a 2001 federal mandate called the “Roadless Rule.” That rule prohibits road construction

  • USACITIZEN97

    The trees belong to ALASKA, NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. TELL THE COURT TO TAKE A HIKE

    • Concerned

      Totally agree, this is a state’s rights issue and logging can be done is a very profession “forest farming” mode and actually reduce areas destroyed by wild-first by creating fire-breaks. Why does our federal government think that they no better? Power, Power, Power !!!

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