Protect the Tongass: Keep Our Public Lands Public

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The Tongass National Forest is our home.

The public lands of the Tongass are important for all Americans, but theyre essential for those of us who live here. This is where our families hunt, fish, gather food, and work on the land in ways that just aren't possible anywhere else in the country. The Roadless Rule protects over 9 million acres of public lands on the Tongass, areas that we rely on to feed our families and support our economic livelihoods. 

But Alaska's State Government wants to remove the Roadless Rule.

The State of Alaska, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation, and the timber industry have fought the 2001 Roadless Rule since its inception. The State of Alaska has already lost multiple lawsuits regarding the Rule’s application on the Tongass.

With the Trump administration, the State saw a new opportunity to open up more land to clearcut old-growth forests. On August 30th, 2018, Alaska submitted a petition to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to create an Alaska-specific Roadless Rule. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) scoping process kicked off a 45-day public comment period accompanied by 19 public ‘information’ meetings conducted by the Forest Service throughout Southeast Alaska communities, Anchorage, and Washington D.C., which ended on October 15th, 2018. Over 140,000 comments were submitted, with the vast majority of the comments in favor of keeping the 2001 Roadless Rule in effect on the Tongass. 

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will make the final decision on the Alaska Roadless Rule. He needs to understand that Southeast Alaskans want to KEEP THE 2001 ROADLESS RULE ON THE TONGASS. A sustainable Alaska is possible. Let’s fight for it.

Your voice matters!

Click here to submit a comment to the Forest Service today.

We've created an online tool to help you draft an effective comment on the Roadless Rule. 

 

You can also write to your senator and Secretary Perdue below. We'll deliver your words straight to Washington, D.C.

If you want to submit your letter to your local newspaper, let us know! We can help you hone your argument and get your words published.

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