More Than 9 Million Acres of National Forest in Alaska Get Full Protections

Pew Applauds USDA decision to reinstate Tongass roadless rule

: 9 Million Acres of Alaskan Forest Get Full Protections
The sun shines through the green leaves, moss, and other plant life of an old-growth forest in Alaska's Tongass National Forest.
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The Pew Charitable Trusts sent a letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Feb. 8, 2023, praising the agency’s Final Rule and Record of Decision for roadless areas on National Forest System lands in Alaska. The decision to reinstate the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule in the Tongass National Forest restored protections for more than 9 million acres of public lands.

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