Forest Service should allow logging of bug-infested trees


August 24, 2022

It is ironic and absurd to the point of tears. We are told by the 2016 Tongass National Forest Plan, the Biden administration through Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and, of course, by local and national environmental groups that there can be no timber harvest on 9.4 million acres of inventoried roadless areas in the Tongass. Why? To “protect” fish and wildlife, and to save tourists from seeing clearcuts.

As it turns out, we need to petition the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service to act decisively to protect the Tongass from two insects — the hemlock sawfly a...

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