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Congressman Don Young Issues Statement on Alaska Roadless Rule

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Washington, August 28, 2019 | comments

Washington, D.C. Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young issued the following statement in response to a story that recently appeared in the Washington Post regarding the Roadless Rule and the Tongass National Forest:

“For years, I have said that the one-size-fits-all Roadless Rule was a disaster for Alaska. Since March, I have been working closely with the President and senior White House staff to secure a Roadless Rule exemption for the Tongass. Not only has the Roadless Rule put an unconscionable economic and social burden on Southeast Alaska, it also violates ANILCA and the “no more” clause by locking up land from the people of Alaska. I want to thank President Trump for working with me, our congressional delegation and the governor, and most importantly, for listening to Alaskans. An exemption will not only bring great economic benefit to Alaska, but will also help bolster the long-term health of the Tongass National Forest. The Tongass is an invaluable natural resource and it requires active management. Unfortunately the Roadless Rule has only prevented Alaskans from responsibly utilizing our resources. The President continues to be a strong partner for our great state, and I look forward to continuing to fight together on behalf of Alaskans.”

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