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A reversal of a reversal on one of the USA's biggest national forests

Tongass National Forest
Tongass National Forest

There's a constant tension over public lands in America, but the Tongass National Forest in Alaska may be the epicenter of that tension.

Since the Clinton presidency, Democratic presidents have protected the Tongass from logging and roadbuilding, and Republican presidents have committed to rolling back the protections.

President Biden recently confirmed his intention to restore protections removed by President Trump.

The Pew Charitable Trusts come down on the side of protection; Ken Rait from Pew visits with analysis of the position and the forest at the heart of the issue.

Here is the release on the proposal, with details about how to comment a portion of the way down the page.

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