Sam Sankar, Senior VP of Programs, Earthjustice: "We've been protecting the Tongass for many years. We've done it through James Watt, we've done it through Republican administrations, and we've done it through hostile Supreme Courts. There's never been a strong economic argument for logging, and neither has there been a strong biological or cultural argument. And we're confident we'll continue to prevail in the courts."
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Trump To Strip Protections From Tongass National Forest, One Of The Biggest Intact Temperate Rainforests
Eric Jorgenson, Managing Attorney, Alaska Office, Earthjustice: “Years ago, a previous administration tried to eliminate the essential protection the roadless rule provides on the Tongass and the courts rejected the attempt. Today’s effort is no better justified and we believe it will meet a similar fate.”
Tania Galloni, Managing Attorney, Florida Regional Office, Earthjustice: “Nonstop shenanigans. They are going to grab whatever they can.”
Jenny Harbine, Attorney, Northern Rockies Office, Earthjustice: “If Lucky’s exploration project is allowed to proceed before DEQ fully considers the project’s impacts and alternatives to lessen them, the very purpose of MEPA and the constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment are undermined.”
Kate Glover, Attorney, Alaska Office, Earthjustice: “We need [the Tongass] more than ever as the climate’s warming and our tourism and fishing industries have been taking a hit, both because of the pandemic and changing ecosystem conditions that have affected fish runs,”
Tom Waldo, Attorney, Alaska Office, Earthjustice: “If Donlin is going to use Pebble infrastructure, that’s a different project with different impacts to different communities. It will require new permitting by the Army Corps and State of Alaska agencies.”