The bill passed the state House and Senate last month.
The practical effect of Thursday’s announcement would be to freeze any remaining old growth timber sales except for those used in small scale salvage projects for cultural use by Alaska Native tribes and others.
A documentary film about the impacts of logging on Southeast Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island is starting to make its way through film festivals.
Last month the Forest Service started a 30-day clock to completely exempt Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule.
The Vogue Tongass posts are linked to a website that helps people generate letters to their local elected officials and the Secretary of the USDA.
Nine tribal governments in Southeast Alaska submitted a petition to the United States Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, asking for another rule making process for the Tongass National Forest.
In total, nine tribal governments have requested the feds hit pause on the Roadless Rule decision while the pandemic unfolds.