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Roadless Areas in the Tongass

Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is one of the rarest ecosystems in the world. At nearly 17 million acres of mostly old-growth forest, it’s also America’s largest national forest and a critical carbon sink in the global fight against climate change.

The Biden Administration’s Southeast Alaska Sustainable Strategy will re-instate previous Roadless Rule protections and add additional safeguards to the Tongass, including $25 million in federal spending on local sustainable development and an end to large-scale logging of old-growth timber across the forest’s entire 16 million acres. 

It’s up to us to see this across the finish line and ensure our roadless forests are once again protected for years to come. Tell the US Forest Service that you support President Biden’s Southeast Alaska Sustainable Strategy to restore roadless rule protections on the Tongass, end large-scale old-growth logging in the forest, and invest in Tribal priorities and community-led partnerships in Southeast Alaska. 

 

Conserving old-growth forests in the Tongass and similar carbon-rich mature and old-growth forests in Roadless protected areas across Washington state is one of the single biggest and boldest steps the Administration can take to address the climate change and biodiversity crises. 

The Tongass is our backyard at just 500 miles from Washington. We share business, economic, and cultural connections. While Washington Wild has taken bold action to protect wilderness and slow climate change, the fight does not end at our borders. We’ve been standing up for the Tongass since 2019 because it’s public land entrusted to all of us. View a list of over 600 Washington State stakeholders who formally support Roadless Area protections at the button below.

Washington Wild’s Leadership

Washington Wild has led local efforts on Roadless protections. Check out our recent blog updates to learn more about our role in ensuring ongoing Roadless Area protections.

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Washington Wild Leads Local Efforts to Support Reinstating Roadless Area Protections in the Tongass National Forest

Yesterday marked the end of the 60-day formal comment period to collect public input on the Biden Administration’s proposal to restore National Forest Roadless Area protections in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The proposal would reinstate a Trump Administration repeal of the Alaska Roadless Rule, which stripped away long-standing protections for nine million acres under the […]

Positive Media Attention Grows in Support of National Forest Roadless Protections

The Biden Administration recently announced steps to restore national forest roadless area protections in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The proposal is a repeal of the Trump Administration’s 2020 Alaska Roadless Rule, which stripped away long-standing protections under the 2001 Roadless Rule, a federal safeguard that restricts logging and roadbuilding in designated wild areas. A 60-day comment […]

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ACTION COMPLETE: Support National Forest Roadless Area Protections for Old-Growth Trees in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

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Recent Local Reporting

We’re not the only ones who know that Roadless protections in the Tongass impact us all locally. Check out recent reporting on this issue at the links below.

1/11/22 Seattle Times (LTE), Roadless rule: Trees are Priceless

1/3/22 Spokesman-Review (LTE),  Courage to Protect Lands

12/30/21 Seattle TimesThis tree has stood here for 500 years. Will it be sold for $17,500?

12/26/21 Spokesman-Review (Op-Ed), Bruce McGlen: Are Roadless Areas worth Protecting?

12/14/21 Yakima Herald (Letter), “Whether it’s Alaska or here, roadless protection is critical

12/14/21 Yakima Herald (Letter), “Soapbox was a good reminder of the importance of involvement”

12/11/21 Yakima Herald (Op-Ed), “Saturday Soapbox: Local support is strong for roadless forest protections

12/1/21 The Seattle Times (Letter), “Protect Tongass forest: Impact on Washington wine”

11/19/21 Washington Wild Press Release

11/18/21 The Seattle Times, “Biden officials to propose road ban on more than half of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

07/02/21 The Seattle Times (Letter), “Tongass rainforest: Protect our forests too

07/02/21 The Seattle Times  (Letter), “Tongass rainforest: Broken Connection

06/27/21 The Seattle Times (Op-Ed), “Name the Tongass rainforest a Carbon Forest Reserve to save it

02/18/21 The Seattle Times, Biden must quickly reinstate protections for America’s salmon forest

11/03/20, The Seattle Times, Save the Tongass National Forest from Logging Expansion

10/28/20 The Seattle Times, “Trump to strip protections from Tongass National Forest, one of the biggest intact temperate rainforests” 

12/17/19 The Everett Herald, “Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

12/13/19 The Seattle Times (Letter), “National forests: Places of healing” 

12/11/19 The Seattle Times (Letter), “Rainforest protection begins here in our region

 12/11/19 The Seattle Times (Letter),  “The true value of our national forests

12/8/19 The Spokesman-Review (Letter), “Continue roadless area protection” 

12/8/19 The Everett Herald (Op-Ed), “Commentary: Northwest must speak for trees, salmon in Alaska

12/6/19 The Seattle Times (Op-Ed), “Save the rare wild beauty of the Tongass National Forest from renewed logging”

12/1/19 The Spokesman-Review (Op-Ed), “Paul Fish: Keep backcountry roadless area protections throughout the West

10/15/19 KUOW, “Trump Administration Moves to Expand Logging in Nation’s Largest National Forest

09/06/19 The Seattle Times (Op-Ed), “Roadless rule: Protect Roadless Areas

08/29/19 The Seattle Times (Op-Ed), “Stop the assault on the Tongass forest

08/27/19 The Seattle Times, “Trump pushes to allow new logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest”