Alaska senators reintroduce bill to repeal Roadless Rule

Posted: Mar 1, 2013

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KRBD staff
Tongass NF

Calling it a “cookie-cutter” approach that is “stifling the Southeast Alaska economy,” Alaska’s two senators are co-sponsoring legislation to repeal the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

The Tongass National Forest for a time was exempt from the rule, but a 2011 federal court ruling threw out that exemption.

In a recent news release, Alaska’s Democratic Sen. Mark Begich says that Southeast Alaska needs options to strengthen the region’s economy through resource development. That includes potential mining projects on Prince of Wales Island, and timber sales.

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