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Committee on Energy and Natural ResourcesIntroducedFebruary 26th, 2013
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A bill to exempt National Forest System land in the State of Alaska from the Roadless Area Conservation Rule.
Makes the Roadless Area Conservation Rule (and successor regulations) inapplicable with respect to National Forest System land in the state of Alaska.
I strongly object to your plans to reduce and remove protections for roadless areas in the Tongass National Forest. The Tongass contains some of the last remaining old-growth temperate rainforest in the world, and its value in providing clean water and fish and wildlife habitat is essential to the economic and ecological health of Southeast Alaska. I urge you to keep the federal Roadless Rule intact and current protections in place for national forests in Alaska. The Roadless Rule is one of the most successful and popular land management policies the Federal Government has ever adopted. Not only does it preserve some of America’s best fish and wildlife habitat, but it also saves untold millions of taxpayer dollars that might otherwise be spent to subsidize money-losing timber sales. The value of the Roadless Rule in preventing environmentally damaging and economically wasteful road-building and logging is particularly relevant in the Tongass, where logging costs vastly exceed timber revenues and require unconscionable taxpayer subsidies.