Colleagues:

The recent full exemption of the Tongass from the roadless rule is a positive event in these trying times.  Towns and villages in Southeast existed long before the Tongass was designated as a national forest.  The ability of our people to build futures for their families is a fundamental priority, which can be balanced with environmental concerns; the roadless exemption provides for this balance.  The people of Southeast Alaska are benefitting from this action by a thoughtful administration.

Sincerely yours,

Don Habeger

Executive Director

First Things First Alaska Foundation


See our ADN OpEd on the subject of this latest effort to overtax the oil industry.  -Dave Harbour & Glen Biegel 

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