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Groups Vow Fight After Effort to Open Tongass to Logging (1)

Aug. 28, 2019, 7:58 PMUpdated: Aug. 28, 2019, 11:43 PM

Environmental groups are pledging to challenge reported Trump administration plans to allow road-building and logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, North America’s largest and most carbon-dense old-growth forest.

“President Trump’s attack on the Tongass National Forest is like the fires burning in the Amazon—it’s a huge threat to a major climate change buffer and to lands and wildlife that have global significance,” Eric Jorgensen, an attorney for EarthJustice.

The Washington Post reported Aug. 27 that President Donald Trump has asked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to exempt the Tongass from the 2001 “roadless rule,” which protected millions of acres...

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