Tongass National Forest
8/3/18: Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington State has proposed legislation—the Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2018—that would convert the existing Roadless Rule into federal law. This legislation would secure protection for roadless areas of our National Forest System by prohibiting road construction or logging, which would help sustain healthy watersheds and protect imperiled species by halting habitat fragmentation. These kinds of public lands protections benefit wildlife, the natural landscape, and human communities and industries. Senator Cantwell's proposed legislation is particularly important for places like Southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest, for there have been recent efforts to exempt the Tongass from the Roadless Rule. This new legislation would ensure this cannot happen.