2023-01-25 21:48:37

Biden restores protections for Alaska's Tongass National Forest after Trump rollback

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By Emma Newburger

Key Points

  • The Biden administration on Wednesday announced it's reinstating restrictions on logging and road-building on about nine million acres of Alaska's Tongass National Forest, the world's largest intact temperate rainforest.
  • The rule, which was finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, repeals a Trump administration decision that stripped safeguards for the southeastern Alaska rainforest.
  • The agency's plan prohibits road construction, reconstruction and timber harvest in the rainforest's roadless areas.

Part of Tongass National Forest

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The Biden administration on Wednesday announced it's reinstating restrictions on logging and road-building on about nine million acres of Alaska's Tongass National Forest, the world's largest intact temperate rainforest.

The rule, which was finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, repeals a Trump administration decision that stripped safeguards for the forest in southeastern Alaska. The agency's plan prohibits road construction, reconstruction and timber harvest in the rainforest's roadless areas.

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