10/23/2009 - Nearly a dozen conservation groups are appealing to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to put a stop to two timber sales in the Tongass National Forest.
Both sales include inventoried roadless areas that are covered under the 2001 roadless rule, Jane Danowitz, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. public lands program, said Thursday.
Alaska Forest Service officials by advancing the sales are out-of-step with the stated intentions of the new administration, Danowitz said.
"It is now up to Secretary Vilsack to honor that commitment by stopping new roadless area logging in the Tongass and giving this crown jewel the full protection it deserves," she said.
Read the full article Conservation Groups Run Ad Appealing to US Agriculture Secretary to Stop Tongass Timber Sales on the Los Angeles Times' Web site.