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LCV Statement on Trump’s Attack on Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

Oct 28, 2020

Courtnee Connon, 727-744-4163,

Washington, D.C. — In response to the Trump administration’s decision to rollback the Roadless Rule and open more than 9.3 million acres of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging and development, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Conservation Program Director Alex Taurel  

“With just days until the election, the Trump administration has once again mounted a merciless attack on our environment. As COVID-19 cases spike, Trump should be focused on passing meaningful relief and protecting the health of communities during this pandemic, not pushing through one of the biggest public lands rollbacks we’ve seen in the last four years. Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is one of the world’s only remaining temperate rainforests and a massive carbon sink. It is home to an abundance of wildlife and serves as a natural filtration system providing drinking water to many Alaskan communities and Tribal Nations. It should be protected and cherished, not opened up for clear-cut logging, putting the health and fishing and tourism economies of neighboring communities at risk.”