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Hallelujah the Tongass is in the Roadless Rule

Mark Rorick

Hallelujah the Tongass is in the Roadless Rule

On March 4, 2011, U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick wrote that the 2003 decision by the U.S. Forest Service to exempt the Tongass from the national roadless rule was "arbitrary and capricious". It certainly was. The Tongass exemption was the result of a court settlement between the Bush administration and the State of Alaska and could not stand up to a laugh test. So in December 2009 a diverse group of plaintiffs including the Sierra Club filed the lawsuit in federal court to challenge the Tongass exemption and we have won the case on almost every argument.

The campaign for Tongass roadless protection started in 1999, and many Alaskans fought the fight for many years to get roadless protection on the Tongass. Because of their passion for protecting our wildlands for future generations we are now celebrating this victory. Some have passed on and some are still working to protect the Tongass. It is impossible to name them all, but congratulations to all.

  • Tongass National Forest

     
     

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