The Trump administration will work with Alaska officials to develop a rule specific to that state on road building in roadless areas of national forests, a move that could allow more logging in the Tongass National Forest.
The Tongass, in southeastern Alaska, is the largest U.S. national forest, roughly the size of West Virginia, and the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world. Parts of it have been logged in past decades.
The rule also might allow more logging in the Chugach National Forest south of Anchorage.
A memorandum of understanding