Agencies work on roadless rule
State and U.S. Forest Service officials have started work on a change to the federal “roadless” rule for Tongass National Forest and Chugach National Forest. The process underway involves gathering information and public comment. What’s proposed is an “Alaska exception” to the rule so that the forest service would have more flexibility in allowing roads to be built for timber harvest. The 2001 roadless rule effectively put 50 million acres of national forest land off limits nationally, and 14.7 million acres in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.