"Biden Plans to Restore Alaskan Forest Protections Stripped Under Trump"

"The administration says it will “repeal or replace” the rule that opened up more than half of Tongass National Forest to logging."

"The Biden administration plans to restore environmental protections to Tongass National Forest in Alaska, one of the world’s largest intact temperate rain forests, that had been stripped away by former President Donald J. Trump.

The administration intends to “repeal or replace” a Trump-era rule which opened about nine million acres, or more than half of the forest, to logging and road construction, according to a White House document published on Friday.

The Tongass, in southeastern Alaska, is home to more than 400 species of wildlife, fish and shellfish, including nesting bald eagles, moose and the world’s highest concentration of black bears. Among its snowy peaks, fijords and rushing rivers are stands of red and yellow cedar and Western hemlock as well as Sitka spruce trees at least 800 years old."

Coral Davenport reports for the New York Times June 11, 2021.


"Biden Officials Move To Reinstate Alaska Roadless Rule, Overturning Trump Policy" (Washington Post)

Source: NYTimes, 06/14/2021