LCV Statement on Roadless Rule Protections in Tongass National Forest

Courtnee Connon, 727-744-4163, courtnee_connon@lcv.org

Washington. D.C. — In response to the news that the Biden Administration will move to reinstate protections for the Tongass National Forest, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement from Conservation Program Director Alex Taurel:

“Restoring roadless protections to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, one of the world’s only remaining intact temperate rainforests and a massive carbon sink, is a critical step in tackling the climate crisis. The Tongass is home to an abundance of wildlife, serves as a natural filtration system providing drinking water to many Alaskan communities and tribal communities, and drives the region’s robust tourism, fishing, and recreation economies. And after the unconscionable decision from the Trump administration to strip this land of protections, putting not only the environment but the neighboring communities and economies at risk, we are glad to see the tide turn and applaud the Biden administration for moving to reinstate these crucial protections.”

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