Roadless Rule

A coalition including environmental groups, Tribes and fishermen filed a lawsuit to restore Roadless Rule protections to 9 million acres of Tongass National Forest.

Changing a federal rule isn’t simple, but the Trump administration is on the verge of doing it. Last month it started a 30-day clock to completely exempt Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule.

Some tribal governments say Alaska Roadless Rule decision moving too fast

Mar 21, 2019

The U.S. Forest Service quietly hit another milestone in its ongoing efforts to consider building new roads in the Tongass National Forest. Last month, it received comments on an important document from cooperating groups.

The state has been providing feedback that could shape the outcome of the new rule, and so have Southeast Alaska tribes.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and the Trump administration want to modify a rule that protects national forests from certain development. 

The roadless rule prevents roads and logging national forests, such as the Chugach and Tongass.