Biden Administration Repeals the 2020 Roadless Rule in the Tongass

Repealing the 2020 Alaska Roadless Rule, which exempted the Tongass from roadless protections, will return the inventoried roadless areas of the forest to management under the 2001 Roadless Rule, which prohibits road construction, reconstruction, and timber harvest in inventoried roadless areas, with limited exceptions. USDA determined that the underlying goals and purposes of the 2001 Roadless Rule continue to be a critical part of conserving the many resources of the Tongass, especially when it comes to the values that roadless areas represent for local, rural communities, Alaska Native peoples, and the economy of Southeast Alaska.

WaPo coverage here:

“The Tongass Roadless Rule is important to everyone,” said Joel Jackson, president of the Organized Village of Kake, which sits on the forest edge on an island south of the capital, Juneau.

“The old-growth timber is a carbon sink, one of the best in the world,” Jackson said in a statement. “It’s important to OUR WAY OF LIFE — the streams, salmon, deer, and all the forest animals and plants.”

Tribal leaders and Native organizers made a huge push to get these protections back in place. According to the press release, the Administration received more than 112,000 comments during this rulemaking (that is a *lot* of comments), a majority of which were in support of this change.

Materials in Alaska’s Effort to Deny Subsistence Hunt to Village of Kake

Here are the materials so far in State of Alaska v. Federal Subsistence Board (D. Alaska):

1 Complaint

3-1 Motion for Injunction — GMU 13 Closure

4-1 Motion for Injunction

15 Federal Response to 4

18 Federal Response to 3

20-1 Kake Motion to Intervene

22 Reply in Support of 4

24 Reply in Support of 3

27 DCt Order Granting Motion to Intervene

28 DCt Order Denying Motion for Injunction 3

High Country News profile here.

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