Community public meeting to support roadless forests – 11/23
Conservation Northwest / Nov 04, 2019 / Events, National Forests, Protecting Wildlands
Speak up for roadless area protections on national forests at Seattle’s REI store on November 23!
The U.S. Forest Service announced its proposal to eliminate all roadless areas in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the largest old-growth temperate rainforest remaining on Earth.
Please join us on November 23 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Seattle’s REI store for a community public meeting to support roadless forests. We’ll be there with Washington Wild, The Wilderness Society, The Mountaineers, Sierra Club, Braided River and American Whitewater to speak out against this attack on our national forests.
The proposal from the Trump Administration undermines the Roadless Rule, a law that has long protected 58 million acres of backcountry on our national forests from logging, roadbuilding and other development across the country. It also threatens the future of roadless areas on national forests in Washington, especially places like the Colville National Forest where designated wilderness is scarce.
In mid-October, the U.S. Forest Service opened the public comment period for a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposal to exempt the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Rule. At this community meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to listen to other stakeholders, learn about this important issue and make an optional two-minute statement about your feelings on the proposal.
If you know you’d like to make a statement, please sign up here, or you can sign up day-of on a first come, first serve basis. All comments and testimony will be recorded by a stenographer and submitted to the U.S. Forest Service. There will also be an opportunity to submit a written comment at the meeting.
The event is free and suitable for all ages with coffee and light snacks.
RSVP on Facebook today!
Conservation Northwest has long fought for roadless area protections, and we thank all who have supported us in our efforts to safeguard our wildlands from threats such as these. We hope you can join us and others in the conservation community at this public meeting on November 23!