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Court declines to hear Tongass appeal


JUNEAU (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review an appeals court decision that reinstated prohibitions on road-building and timber harvests in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest.

Earthjustice attorney Tom Waldo called this great news for the Tongass, the country’s largest national forest. The state had requested the review after a divided federal appeals court in July found that the U.S. Department of Agriculture did not give a reasoned explanation for reversing course and creating a special exemption to the “Roadless Rule” for the Tongass.

In a release, Waldo...

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