The Justice Department does not question the legal victory in the Tongass National Forest

The US Department of Justice has ruled against the appeal by a federal court in June This repealed the US Forest Service’s plan to establish a 1.8 million hectare project area on Prince of Wales Island in southeastern Alaska. The court entered to dismiss his order the previously filed complaint.

“Ending this logging plan will protect the voice of the people in federal decision-making. The forest service tried to speed up logging without listening to the needs of communities and ignored the devastating impact of their actions on wolves, deer, birds and salmon. “Said Natalie Dawson, General Manager at Audubon Alaska. “The tall, mature trees and rich ecosystem of Prince of Wales Island contribute to the tourism, fishing and recreation of the area. The time to conquer sustainable economies and turn your back on expensive, destructive and rapid logging is long overdue. “

Grizzly Bear, Copyright Paul Jones, from the Surfbirds Galleries

The lawsuit was brought by Earth Justice on behalf of the National Audubon Society, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Alaska Rainforest Defenders, Center for Biodiversity, Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, Alaska Wilderness League, National Audubon Society, and the Natural Resources Defense Council filed. The court’s opinion was issued on June 24, 2020.


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