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State Has Mixed Feelings About Upheld 'Roadless Rule'

The roadless rule was put into place by the Clinton administration and has since seen numerous challenges from Alaska and other states in federal courts all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tue September 26, 2017 - National Edition
Toben Shel-The Associated Press


KTOO.org reported Alaska conservation groups like the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, which opposes expanded logging in the Tongass National Forest, celebrated the ruling Sept. 21.
KTOO.org reported Alaska conservation groups like the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, which opposes expanded logging in the Tongass National Forest, celebrated the ruling Sept. 21.

A federal court upheld a rule limiting road construction and logging on national forestland around the country.

KTOO.org reported Alaska conservation groups like the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, which opposes expanded logging in the Tongass National Forest, celebrated the ruling Sept. 21.

Executive Director of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council Meredith Trainor called the decision a “huge victory.”

But Alaska Assistant Attorney General Cori Mills said the state is disappointed in the ruling and is still reviewing whether it would appeal.

Alaska's timber industry sided with the state.

The roadless rule was put into place by the Clinton administration and has since seen numerous challenges from Alaska and other states in federal courts all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.