Murkowski Concerned about Economic Impacts of Roadless Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following comment on an Anchorage federal judge’s decision to impose the 2001 roadless rule in the Tongass National Forest.

“The decision further damages the economy in Southeast,” Murkowski said. "The roadless rule was never intended to apply to the Tongass because ANILCA already set logging limits for the forest, as did the Tongass Timber Reform Act. This will make it all the more difficult for the few remaining timber operations that depend on the Tongass and the Forest Service to survive. I intend to do every thing I can to limit this damage.”