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Diverse opinions voiced at Roadless Rule meeting


November 14, 2019

Caleb Vierkant/ Wrangell Sentinel

Ken Tu, with the Forest Service, led the main presentation on the Roadless Rule on Nov. 6. He discussed the history behind the ruling, why the Tongass was being considered for exemption, and what alternatives have been suggested.

The Forest Service has been hosting numerous public meetings across Southeast Alaska, recently, to share information on proposed changes to the Roadless Rule and to take comments from the public. One such meeting was held in Wrangell last Wednesday, Nov. 6. As readers may know, the Roadless Rule was put in place by the federal government in 2001 as a way to protect undeveloped parts of national forests. It prohibits road construction, repairs, or timber harvests inside of "inventoried roadless areas." According to Ken Tu, who led the discussion at the meeting, there are 58.5 million roadles...

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