Murkowski moves forward with legislation to nix Tongass plan

By Elizabeth Jenkins
November 22, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Congress could be one step closer to undoing a U.S. Forest Service decision to end old growth logging in the Tongass National Forest. On Monday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski added the measure to a Senate Interior and Environment appropriations bill. Last year, the forest service included new directives to its Tongass plan. Timber industry groups and conservationists thought the decision was final. It called for the forest service to transition away from cutting old growth trees.

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