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Biden to reinstate road ban for Tongass National Forest


Several tribes and Alaska Natives are applauding the Biden administration’s plans to revive a ban on road-building in the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska.

The “roadless rule” had been in place for 20 years until last fall, when federal officials exempted southeast Alaska from the rule three months before then-President Donald Trump’s term ended.

The White House announced President Biden’s move in a notice saying the change was consistent with his Jan. 27 executive order on protection of public health and the environment and the use of science to tackle the climate crisis. The Department of Agriculture expects to publish the proposed rule in August, the notice said.


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