he proposal comes in response to a request from the state of Alaska and is the latest turn in almost two decades of debate, discussion and lawsuits over the proper use of the Tongass.

In a written statement, the Forest Service said it will soon open public comment on the proposal, which would create an exemption to the 2001 Roadless Rule that bans most development in the forest. Electrical companies, road builders, mining companies, shipping companies and logging firms have all previously sued to overturn the Roadless Rule in the Tongass.



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