Trump Admin Proposes New Logging In Tongass National Forest
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES NEW LOGGING IN AK'S TONGASS NATL FOREST, THE NATION'S LARGEST, INCLUDING OLD-GROWTH AREAS
(CNN) – The Trump administration is proposing opening more than 180,000 acres of the country’s largest national forest for logging.
On Tuesday, the Agriculture Department unveiled a proposal allowing road construction and reclassifying forest areas of the huge Tongass National Forest.
It includes over 150,000 acres of old-growth cedar, hemlock and spruce.
The Tongass National Forest, in the panhandle of southeastern Alaska is about the size of West Virginia and is a habitat for bear, eagle and salmon.
The department said the proposal will be published this week.
It is in the form of a draft environmental impact statement and will be open for public comment.