Resolving the long-running conflict between state and federal governments over the “Roadless Rule” in the Tongass National Forest is the purpose of a memorandum of understanding announced Aug. 2. (AP Photo | Juneau Empire File)

Resolving the long-running conflict between state and federal governments over the “Roadless Rule” in the Tongass National Forest is the purpose of a memorandum of understanding announced Aug. 2. (AP Photo | Juneau Empire File)

Meeting looks to spur feedback about Roadless Rule

The first of two Juneau meetings asking for public feedback on the Roadless Rule is taking place this Thursday.

The U.S. Forest Service is looking for input as it considers changes to the Alaska-specific version of the 2001 Roadless RuleRoadless Rule, which prevents timber harvest and the building of roads on 7.4 million acres of roadless lands in Southeast Alaska. A rewritten Roadless Rule would likely open up some of that land to timber harvest.

At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the Forest Service is holding an informational meeting at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall at the Andrew Hope Building. There will be another one in Juneau on Sept. 20, at the same time and same place. The Forest Service will also be holding meetings in Anchorage and Washington, D.C. in late September and October.

People can provide comment on the Forest Service website (https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?Project=54511), and the Forest Service requests that comments are in by Oct. 15. People can comment anonymously if they wish.

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