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.
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.
Tessa Axelson will be taking over the role from Owen Graham, who led the organization for close to 20 years.