Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The recent ruling on implementation of the Roadless Rule in the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska was a topic of discussion on Action Line Thursday.
The U. S. District Court in Washington D. C. last month upheld the rule.
Buck Lindekugal, the grassroots attorney for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, was asked about the significance of the ruling. "We think it may have ended all the litigation that's been involved in the roadless rule for the past twenty years, finally." He said the State of Alaska was the last obstacle to implementing the rule "faithfully" on the Tongass.
When asked about a possible appeal of the ruling, Lindekugal said it would have to be appealed to the District Court of Appeals in Washington, D. C, but he doesn't envision that happening. "The decision was balanced and reasoned. I did not identify any major mistakes. The court knew what it was doing."
He explained that many of these same claims had been brought by the state in the years of litigation leading up to this ruling and court after court had ruled against the state.
The ruling limits road construction and logging on about 50 million acres of forest land nationwide.