9-26-2020 Tongass Freed From Restrictive Roadless Rule

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 [...]