Washington, D.C. - Alaskan Congressman Don Young today shared his thoughts on the decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a 2011 District Court ruling and once again recognize the exemption for the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Area Conservation Rule.
"Today's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling is a victory for Alaska and the responsible development of our land," said Congressman Don Young. "Our state's geography holds unique circumstances for many of our industries, especially those engaged in timber, mineral or hydropower development, and the 2011 District Court ruling was a blow to both the economy and way of life of Southeast Alaska.
"The Roadless Rule applies a one-sized-fits all policy to areas where those polices rarely work, especially the federally land locked areas of Alaska. Southeast Alaska requires special consideration and the government should be willing to provide the flexibility for responsibly developing its infrastructure and resources."