Alaska Roadless Habitat Conserved, Local Economies Boosted in USDA Plan

Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska could have roadless protections restored, will add new conservation measures; region will receive $25 million as economic boost MISSOULA, Mont. – Backcountry roadless lands in the Tongass National Forest, a public lands crown jewel in southeast Alaska, will see conservation safeguards restored and new measures put in place under… Continue reading Alaska Roadless Habitat Conserved, Local Economies Boosted in USDA Plan

U.S. Forest Service charts a new direction for the Tongass National Forest

(left to right - Chief of the U.S.D.A Forest Service Vicki Christiansen; NWTF District Biologist Ryan Boyer; USFS's Steve Harriss, Chad Menke, Bryan Hung and Cheryl Coon; and NWTF Director of Conservation Operations - Midwest Jason Lupardus)

By ending industrial old-growth logging and investing in restoration, USFS places new focus on forest  health, recreation, and resiliency  JUNEAU, AK — The U.S. Forest Service announced today a new “Southeast Alaska Sustainability  Strategy” for the Tongass National Forest. Details of the strategy include fully reinstating the 2001  roadless rule; ending large-scale old-growth logging on… Continue reading U.S. Forest Service charts a new direction for the Tongass National Forest

TRCP Applauds USDA Tongass Announcement

First step toward restoring safeguards to roadless areas in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest (Washington D.C.)—Hunters and anglers commended an announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture intends to “restore or replace” the previous administration’s decision to exempt the Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule. The Tongass exemption, which was finalized in October 2020,… Continue reading TRCP Applauds USDA Tongass Announcement

Alaska’s Bristol Bay and Tongass are ideal beginnings for 30×30

JUNEAU— SalmonState is excited to see the release of the Biden Administration’s initial report on the potential of the 30×30 initiative — a bold and necessary effort to protect 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030. While there are multiple ways to reach these goals, two landscapes in Alaska offer a critical mass of support… Continue reading Alaska’s Bristol Bay and Tongass are ideal beginnings for 30×30

TRCP Opposes Move to Remove Conservation Safeguards in America’s Largest National Forest

Dramatic policy shift for the Tongass National Forest would open 9.2 million acres of roadless public lands in Alaska to development WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. Forest Service moved one step closer to eliminating conservation safeguards in the Tongass National Forest, despite strong objections from many Alaskans and sportsmen and sportswomen across the nation.… Continue reading TRCP Opposes Move to Remove Conservation Safeguards in America’s Largest National Forest

Inside Outdoor Life’s Wilderness Issue

The Wilderness Issue—“I like to think of wilderness as any place where you can escape cellphone service, traffic noise, and other people altogether. Wilderness should also scare you a little. There,  stupid mistakes are amplified. The freedom to live in the moment—not the glow of your social media feed, but the real life-and-death, bloody-hands, muddy-boots… Continue reading Inside Outdoor Life’s Wilderness Issue

Proposed Rule Would Roll Back Conservation in the Tongass National Forest

The draft Alaska Roadless Rule undermines collaboration and creates long-term uncertainty (Washington, D.C.) – The U.S. Forest Service today released a proposal that would eliminate conservation safeguards for 9.2 million acres of roadless public lands in Alaska. The agency issued the proposed rule for the Tongass National Forest after the president instructed the Secretary of Agriculture to roll back… Continue reading Proposed Rule Would Roll Back Conservation in the Tongass National Forest

Tongass National Forest, Other Alaska Roadless Lands Could Be Developed Under State-Federal Plan

Healthy salmon fisheries, remote big game habitat at risk of industrial development; other roadless backcountry in Alaska threatened MISSOULA, Mont. – Remote fish and wildlife habitat in America’s largest national forest, the Tongass in Alaska, soon could be crisscrossed by a network of roads and other inventoried roadless areas left vulnerable to similar development under… Continue reading Tongass National Forest, Other Alaska Roadless Lands Could Be Developed Under State-Federal Plan