JUNEAU, Alaska — A federal court’s decision to uphold a rule limiting road construction and logging on national forestland around the country has spawned mixed reactions around the state of Alaska.

Alaska conservation groups like the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, which opposes expanded logging in the Tongass National Forest, on Thursday celebrated the ruling. Executive Director of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council Meredith Trainor called the decision a “huge victory.”

“The state of Alaska has been attacking the roadless rule almost since the rule was first written back in the early 2000s,” she said. “The roadless rule protects intact forested lands within the national forest system, so it obviously has a big impact on the people of southeast Alaska and the Tongass National Forest.”

But Alaska Assistant Attorney General Cori Mills said the state is disappointed in the ruling and is still reviewing whether it will appeal.

“It upheld the 2001 roadless rule, and that just has huge impacts on southeast Alaska and the needed responsible resource development in the region,” Mills said.

Alaska’s timber industry sided with the state, KTOO.org reported (http://bit.ly/2xmKSWl ).

The roadless rule was put into place by the Clinton administration and has since seen numerous challenges from Alaska and other states in federal courts all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.


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