Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the Tongass is key to conserving biodiversity and addressing the climate crisis, adding that the decision listened to the requests of Alaska Native tribes.
Agreement with Japanese company boosts fortunes of planned hydropower project near Alaska’s capital, developers say
The cornerstone user will be Coeur Alaska’s Kensington mine, a gold producer north of Juneau.
Final projects selected in $25M program for sustainable development in Southeast Alaska
About half of the funding will be managed by tribal and Indigenous organizations, for purposes that include arts and cultural support, enhancement of food security and support for cultural use of forest products.
USDA announces $8.7M in grants for sustainability projects in Southeast Alaska
Southeast Alaska is getting special attention in part because the Biden administration wants to reinstitute the Roadless Rule in the Tongass and end large-scale, old-growth logging.
Lingít activist recalls history of Indigenous women protecting the Tongass: ‘The momentum has only grown’
It has been 21 years since the 2001 Roadless Rule for the Tongass National Forest was first established. For the people involved in the battles between industry and subsistence, the tug-of-war over land use in the Tongass National Forest has been going on even longer.
Public comment period opens as Biden moves to restore Roadless Rule protections to Tongass
The Biden administration on Tuesday formally began the process of restoring ‘Roadless Rule’ protections to millions of acres of Southeast Alaska’s federal forestlands.
Biden administration begins Roadless Rule do-over for Tongass
On Friday the Biden administration announced Nov. 23 as the start date for its formal process to reinstate the Roadless Rule for the Tongass National Forest.
Biden to freeze Tongass timber sales, invest in other Southeast Alaska sectors
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.
White House moves to reinstate Roadless Rule for Tongass
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a regulatory notice that it plans to “repeal or replace” a Trump administration regulation from October that removed Roadless Rule restrictions in the Tongass.
Tongass and Bristol Bay protection can help Biden meet new climate goal, fishing and conservation advocates say
The Biden administration’s “America the Beautiful” conservation plan includes a goal of conserving 30% of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030, in part to combat climate change.