This week, the Obama administration approved the sale of timber in a roadless national forest in Alaska. The Tongass National Forest is a 17 million acre temperate rain forest in southeast Alaska, which is home to both endangered species and native Alaskan tribes. It is the largest temperate rain forest in the United States.
This is phenomenally wrong. Please contact the White House and let them know how you feel.
Epic Obama Fail.
UPDATE: To be fair, perhaps I jumped the gun on this a little bit. It’s “only” 381 acres out of tens of millions. And the administration has, in fact, reinstated a Clinton ban on road building in 50 million acres of national forest. And then there’s this news that just came down:
The Obama administration is scrapping the Bush administration’s attempt to boost logging in Northwest forests by scaling back protection for the northern spotted owl.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday that a plan to increase logging on federal lands in western Oregon could not stand up to legal challenges under the Endangered Species Act. The plan would have reduced protections for spotted owls.
In my defense, whenever I see that private industry is logging in public park land, I go a little nuts. I don’t think you can me blame for that.