Tongass National Forest

March 2011

Millions of wild acres in Tongass protected from logging

In a tremendous victory for our Alaskan rainforest, a federal judge in Alaska ruled in favor of protecting 9.5 million acres of roadless areas in the Tongass National Forest from harmful logging and roadbuilding. After the Bush Administration exempted pristine stretches of the Tongass from the landmark 2001 "Roadless Rule," which barred timber sales and logging roads in undisturbed areas of national forests, NRDC and our allies headed to court to fight that exemption. Last month, the court ruled in our favor, restoring protections for the Tongass. Our BioGems Defenders have been with us every step of the way in the fight to keep logging out of the Tongass, America's largest remaining temperate rainforest.