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Rugian
Member
Wed Oct 28 16:17:39
BOOM! Best president ever. Keeping our economy strong and telling the environmentalist nutters to shove off, you gotta love it.

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October 28, 2020 - 11:11 AM EDT
Trump strips protections for Tongass forest, opening it to logging

BY REBECCA BEITSCH AND RACHEL FRAZIN

The Trump administration on Wednesday lifted protections for Alaska's Tongass National Forest, a move that will expand logging in the nation’s largest old-growth forest.

A notice posted in the Federal Register exempts the forest from the so-called roadless rule, a Clinton-era prohibition on road construction and timber harvesting on many Forest Service lands.

Under the Trump administration’s changes, the nearly 9.4 million acres of inventoried roadless land in the Tongass would once again be considered suitable timberlands.

It’s a major blow to environmental efforts to protect one of the world’s largest temperate rainforests — the Forest Service found in 2016 that it stores more carbon than any other forest in the country.

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hood
Member
Wed Oct 28 16:24:10
Damnit COVID, you had one job.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed Oct 28 16:38:58
so i guess we can't complain about Brazil destroying their rain forest anymore
habebe
Member
Wed Oct 28 17:03:12
Yeah this seems really bad.

In other news I read the economy is estimated to have grown 7% in q3. We find out the true numbers tomorrow.
Dakyron
Member
Wed Oct 28 17:13:32
Trump trying to cash in before his ouster... How much you think those logging companies paid him?
kargen
Member
Wed Oct 28 17:14:31
"Although 9.4 million acres would no longer be subject to the 2001 Roadless Rule with the final rule, only 186,000 more acres would become available for timber production, and road construction is estimated to increase Tongass-wide from 994 miles in the no-action alternative to 1,043 miles in the final rule over the next 100 years"

So 47 miles of more road built over time and two percent of the land opened to logging. I would prefer the land be left alone but this isn't the disaster people are claiming.
Paramount
Member
Wed Oct 28 17:22:33
Just cut all of it down.
Paramount
Member
Wed Oct 28 17:28:53
Imagine all the things you can build there when the trees are gone. Hotels. Golf courses. Amusement parks. Statues. Roads. Cities.
habebe
Member
Wed Oct 28 17:32:17
SC got Trump to not allow drilling here for oil/gas. Republicans dont even want to drill down here.
Rugian
Member
Wed Oct 28 17:37:31
Just call it a very large-scale forest fire mitigation program. lolololol
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed Oct 28 17:38:21
he brags of allowing oil drilling in the National Wildlife Refuge though
habebe
Member
Wed Oct 28 18:13:34
In defense of this, it apparently jas popular support amongst Alskans and Alaskan officials
Dukhat
Member
Wed Oct 28 22:15:49
More reason for Biden to win.

Wildlife refuge is worthless anyways with the price of oil the way it is. Biden should just reban it.
sam adams
Member
Thu Oct 29 11:51:11
"that will expand logging in the nation’s largest old-growth forest."

Fuck trump. Im usually pro industry but we already killed 95% of the great west coast old growth forests. Save whats left!

These arent the weenie forests of the east coast or europe, but the impressive wild great giants of the west. My property has the great stumps of the old monsters... 300 foot doug firs that were logged 80 years ago. Sad :(
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