The Latest On: Roadless Now
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today ended a challenge by the state of Alaska against a nationwide Clinton-era rule protecting tens of millions of acres of roadless forest lands from logging and road building.
The Alaska case was the final litigation challenging the rule nationwide. The court held that no further challenges are allowed, because the statute of limitations has run out.
Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is as much ocean as land. It includes saltwater bays, fjords, canals, channels, and too many islands to count.
At this intersection of land and ocean, life flourishes where forest creeks and streams empty nutrients into shallow saltwater bays. Among other species, dungeness crabs flourish, fed seasonally by the carcasses of spawned out salmon.
One such estuary 20 miles south of Petersburg in Alexander Bay is a place called the Pothole. It’s named for the crab pots used by the commercial crab fishery that thrives there.
The Forest Service finally admitted it.
It took the agency two environmental assessment drafts and a draft and final environmental impact statement, but they admitted it.
The following is a statement by Ted Zukoski, Staff Attorney in the Denver office of Earthjustice, on the announcement of a final rule regulating the management of 4.2 million acres of roadless national forest in Colorado. Earthjustice, a non-profit law firm, has worked in federal courts across the country for more than a decade to defend a national roadless rule that provides the gold standard of protection for roadless lands.