mean they have to sell the timber. It means they can sell the timber, said Tom Lenhart, the Alaska assistant attorney general who argued the appeal.
But it unclear what the practical effects of the new ruling will be. The panel sent the case back to the lower court to decide whether the Forest Service needs to prepare environmental documents for the exemption.
Forest Service is not now attempting any more timber sales in the Tongass roadless areas, and we don think because of this decision they will start, said Earthjustice attorney Tom Waldo, who represented environmental groups in the case.
The Clinton rule set off more than a decade of litigation, contradictory court rulings and repeal attempts. The timber and energy industries and some Western states condemned the road ban for barring the use of natural resources on tens of millions of acres of federal forestland.
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The forest in southeast Alaska is roughly the size of the state of West Virginia and has the largest roadless area of any national forest, about 9.6 million acres. The land is a mix of ice fields and cedar, spruce and hemlock forest.
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the Tongass from a 2001 rule banning new roads and timber harvesting on relatively pristine national forestland across the country.
Forest Service policies on Tongass timber cutting have changed since 2003, when the agency exempted the forest from the 2001 rule, which was adopted in the final days of President Clinton administration.
isolation, ignored timber demand and hurt the local economy.
Appeals ruling would allow logging in Tongass forest roadless areas
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