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Upcoming Comment Period: Alaska Roadless Rule Draft EIS

In July 2019 the US Forest Service will release a draft Environmental Impact Statement for their proposed rule change to management of roadless areas in the Tongass; with its release we’ll find out what areas of old-growth rainforest are being stripped of protections and opened for clearcut logging.

Can you commit to advocating for the Tongass during the DEIS comment period? Sign up here, and we’ll send you the info you need to get involved.

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Botanical Illustrator, Mara Menahan, in the midst of recently clearcut rainforest.

Botanical Illustrator, Mara Menahan, in the midst of recently clearcut rainforest.

Rushed Process: The public process, per the Trump Administration standard, is being rushed to try to ram through this unpopular rule change while Trump is still in office. At this point we anticipate that the comment period will be 60 days, July through August. This happens to be in the midst of the busiest season for Southeast Alaskans. Commercial fisherman will be on the open ocean, far from internet connections, and folks in the tourism industry will be going around the clock.

Alaskans! Call (202)-224-6665 (or email) Lisa Murkowski’s office to let her know that the comment period for the Roadless Rule change needs to be extended to accommodate the needs of Southeast Alaskans who are BUSY in the summer.