Interview of the Week:  Adam Kolton of the Alaska Wilderness League click button

Interview of the Week: Adam Kolton of the Alaska Wilderness League

This week, just in time for Thanksgiving, we talk with Adam Kolton, the Executive Director of the Alaska Wilderness League about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Arctic Indigenous Communities, and conserving Alaskan wilderness.  Watch the entire interview.  Here are a few highlights: On the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: “This is the area where hundreds of […]

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11 Alaska Tribes Petition Forest Service to Increase Tribal Consultation

11 Alaska Tribes Petition Forest Service to Increase Tribal Consultation

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer In response to the Trump administration’s move to open the Tongass National Forest to logging, 11 Southeast Alaska Native tribes have petitioned the USDA to implement a new rule that would require the Forest Service to consult with them on land use decisions.  The rule would force the Forest […]

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Trump To Reopen Largest National Forest to Development, Rejecting Environmental and Cultural Importance

Trump To Reopen Largest National Forest to Development, Rejecting Environmental and Cultural Importance

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer On Friday, just one day before National Public Lands Day, the Trump administration moved to expand development in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States as well as the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world. About 55% of the forest is currently protected […]

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Trump Dealt Two Blows By Courts — One on Timber and One on Climate Cap and Trade

Trump Dealt Two Blows By Courts — One on Timber and One on Climate Cap and Trade

Federal Courts this week reversed two decisions by the Trump Administration, one in Alaska that would delay opening up 1.8 million acres of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska to logging and another in California that allows California’s program to reduce vehicle emissions in collaboration with the Canadian province of Quebec to continue.

Why This Matters:  Both these decisions will help the U.S. to combat climate change.

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Heroes of the Week:  WECAN Indigenous Women Working to Save the Tongass Forest

Heroes of the Week: WECAN Indigenous Women Working to Save the Tongass Forest

Greta Thunberg has nothing on these ladies!  Last March, they traveled 3000 miles from their home in Alaska to lobby Congress to continue to conserve the Tongass National Forest, one of the largest carbon sinks on the planet.  The Trump Administration is considering lifting current protections on the area.  These Tlingit women were part of […]

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President Trump Pushes To Open Pristine Alaska Forest To Logging

President Trump Pushes To Open Pristine Alaska Forest To Logging

Twenty years ago, President Clinton put a large area of pristine Alaskan rain forest off-limits to logging, but President Trump is now apparently set to open parts of the 16.7 million-acre Tongass National Forest up again, according to The Washington Post.  The President spoke to Alaska’s Governor and then directed the Secretary of Agriculture, who manages national forest lands, to lift the restrictions on road building, which in effect banned logging and other development there.

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