Trump Opens National Forest to Logging

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The Trump administration has opened the Tongass National Forest in Alaska to logging.

According to The Hill:

The Trump administration on Wednesday lifted protections for Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, a move that will expand logging in the nation’s largest old-growth forest.

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A notice posted in the Federal Register lifts the so-called Roadless Rule for the Tongass, a Clinton-era prohibition on road construction and timber harvesting on many Forest Service lands.

Under the Trump administration’s changes, the nearly 9.4 million acres of inventoried roadless land in Tongass Forest would once again be considered suitable timberlands.

It’s a major blow to environmental efforts to protect one of the world’s largest temperate rainforests–the Forest Service found in 2016 that it stores more carbon than any other forest in the country.

The projection is for 1.8 million acres to be logged. The argument is sediment from this will runoff into streams and harm the salmon population.

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Jeff BROWN
Jeff BROWN
1 year ago

I am a Trump supporter but I do not support this. We have to save our Forests because they help create the air we breathe.

DawnieR
DawnieR
1 year ago

I’m against logging!!! We should and NEED to start making things out of HEMP!!! Hemp can, literally, be made into almost anything! And, not only does this country NEED more (ORGANIC) food farming, we need HEMP FARMING!!

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  DawnieR

Logging can be managed correctly and I’m for it. I don’t think you can make hemp into lumber to build a home.

KarenM
KarenM
1 year ago
Reply to  DawnieR

I would like to see the hemp industries take off. I don’t think it’s a complete replacement for wood, though.

scd
scd
1 year ago
Reply to  DawnieR

The only problem with your thinking is that the pot heads will try and smoke you house once you get it made of Hemp.

PHIL COLLINS
PHIL COLLINS
1 year ago

ENVIRONMENTALIST WHACKOS HAVE BEEN SCREWING UP OUR SOCIETY FOR DECADES !1
THANK YOU FOR ENDING THE INSANITY !!!

Anna Zbitnoff
Anna Zbitnoff
1 year ago

I think logging old growth is criminal. What a about hemp and free energy?
I really despise your environmental policies when you are very aware of free energy. Why aren’t you releasing the technology?

Kem Sisson
Kem Sisson
1 year ago

not happy about this one.

Betty Middleton
Betty Middleton
1 year ago

Not sure I agree with this decision

Poorhomemaker
Poorhomemaker
1 year ago

The reason we had so many devastating fires on the West Coast Forest Lands in 2020 is because forests have not been managed well and the debris and duff made the fires impossible to fight. Old growth is sentimental, but they rot and die and fall down, even killing campers and hikers. Young trees are beautiful and useful. Why is the U.S. buying lumber from Canada when we have an abundance of wood here if logging was allowed.

Becky
Becky
1 year ago

It’s about time someone puts a lid on the Fascist environmental lunatics! Thank you Trump!

Truckmant
Truckmant
1 year ago

As long as it is done right logging is good forest management and depress forest fires and provide access for hunter and fishing and fighting fires

Earl Ellison
Earl Ellison
1 year ago

HEY DAWNIE— Start a firm making lumber out of hemp and prove your point. I don’t think it is practical except for hats, baskets, & smoking which I assume is what you do!

MAC
MAC
1 year ago

Better than letting it Burn and attribute to climate change. And with all that extra O2, there’ll be more forest in no time.

Mikey
Mikey
1 year ago

Yeah, Newsom can tell us all about the hazards of logging and proper forest management.

Quentin 31
Quentin 31
1 year ago

Who cares about carbon dioxide? it is a harmless gas necessary for all life on earth! We do not want to restrict CO2 emissions. It is not poisonous.

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