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 Administration Proposes Another Timber Sale in Alaska’s Tongass

Trump Administration Proposes Another Timber Sale in Alaska’s Tongass

After its first proposed sale was blocked by a federal judge, the Trump Administration proposed on Friday a second timber sale in the pristine Tongass National Forest in Alaska, The Hill reported.  The sale would cover 6000 acres, including 5000 acres of old-growth trees and the proposal also includes road-building activities.

Why This Matters:  The Tongass is the largest national forest and one of the most important forests in the world (as the Ag Department itself says – watch the video) because it contains some of the last surviving old-growth temperate rainforests in North America and is home to numerous species of endangered wildlife and is very important to several native tribes. 

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Tribes Fighting Trump Administration Policies That Harm Native Sites

Tribes Fighting Trump Administration Policies That Harm Native Sites

Native American tribes are using litigation, lobbying and protests to push back against Trump administration policies that would damage their lands and their way of life.

Why This Matters:  Native American tribes are uniquely positioned to challenge some of the Trump administration’s most aggressive moves to develop (timber harvest, mining, oil and gas drilling) on federal lands.  Often these cases are thrown out because the plaintiffs are found not to have a sufficient “interest” in or connection to the government’s action — but when it comes to the destruction of sacred sites, that argument really does not work.  And once these lands and sacred sites are spoiled by development, they cannot be restored.  

 

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