Tongass Logging

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A portion of Alaska's Tongass National Forest is now open to having roads built, and may become open to logging or other development.

The U.S. Forest Service Wednesday announced the decision to open 300,000 more acres of the national forest. It overturns a ruling made during President Clinton's final days in office, which sought to block development of nearly one-third of the national forests.

Forest Service officials say their decision provides opportunities for "sustainable economic development" in the Tongass National Forest.

Environmentalists quickly denounced the decision. The executive director of Greenpeace USA accused the Bush administration of, "gutting the last pristine temperate rain forest" in the United States.

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