Washington D.C. – In response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture finalizing protections for the Tongass National Forest, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld:
“We are thrilled that the Biden-Harris administration restored the Roadless Rule in the Tongass – the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest. Reinstating protections for 9 million acres in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest will ensure that this natural wonder, massive carbon sink, and crucial resource for many Alaskan communities remains intact and protected.
“These traditional homelands of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples are home to abundant wildlife and are critical to local tribes’ way of life. The logging and destructive development that the Trump administration invited would have destroyed the region’s robust tourism, fishing, and recreation economies. We look forward to continuing our work with the administration to enshrine crucial protections for all Alaska communities.”
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