In 2001, the Roadless Rule was setup to protect 50 million acres of national forests. The Tongass National Forest, located in Southeast Alaska, is the largest National Forest in the United States at 16.7 million acres.
As of October 28, 2020, 9.3 million acres of the Tongass were no longer protected by the Roadless Rule, opening it up for things like road construction and logging.
In this episode we talk to two prominent voices in the discussion surrounding the Roadless Rule and the Tongass National Forest. Robert Venables, the Executive Director for Southeast Conference, and Dan Cannon, the former Tongass Forest Program Manager at the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.
Dan Cannon was interviewed by ATMI producer Riley Taylor on November 4th, 2020. Robert Venables was interviewed by ATMI senior producer Quinn White on March 1st, 2021.
Hosted by Sam Bernitz.
Music by Kendrick Whiteman.
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