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Federal Judge Reinstates Roadless Rule Protections for Tongass National Forest in SE Alaska | Common Dreams

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – March 7 – A diverse coalition of Alaska Native, tourism industry, and environmental organizations celebrated a decision by a federal district judge in Anchorage on Friday, March 4, which reinstates roadless rule protections for the Tongass National Forest, America’s great temperate rainforest.

Read the decision here:
http://earthjustice.org/documents/legal-document/pdf/judge-reinstates-roadless-rule-protections-for-tongass-national-forest

The groups had sued the federal government in December 2009 challenging the Bush-era exemption of the Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule. Tongass roadless areas are needed to maintain healthy populations of wolves, bears, goshawks, deer, marten, and five species of Pacific salmon, among other species, and to support jobs in the tourism and fishing industries.

Read more here: Federal Judge Reinstates Roadless Rule Protections for Tongass National Forest in SE Alaska | Common Dreams.

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