The sale’s boundaries push up against homes and would leave the surrounding hillside clear-cut.
The state has requested proposals from prospective consultants “to investigate the potential for a carbon offset credit program based on carbon sequestration on state lands.”
The exit from timber by one of the region’s economic powerhouses is the latest sign of Southeast’s transition away from logging.
The Trump administration’s decision could be reversed through a court challenge or an act of Congress. Alternatively, another presidential administration could revisit the rule — but that would require public comment, meetings and another multi-year process.
Elected officials and residents in Petersburg have also asked about lost revenues from past timber sales and what’s been done to correct oversight.
The Trump administration announced last week that it’s planning a full rollback of the Clinton-era “Roadless Rule” for the Tongass National Forest.
Conservationists are sounding the alarm over the project near Ketchikan, and the timber industry has raised questions over whether it would be viable.
In the Tongass National Forest, this comes at a time when sweeping management changes were already underway.
The ruling effectively sends the feds back to square one, triggering a fresh environmental review under the landmark National Environmental Policy Act.
A federal judge has ruled in favor of green groups challenging the largest Tongass timber sale in decades.