[Ed. Note: We cannot even begin to imagine the millions of animals, the thousands of species of animals who will be saved from the invasive and degrading industry that logging always has been.]
From Natural Resources Defense
In a tremendous victory for our Alaskan rainforest, a federal judge in Alaska just ruled (February 2011) in favor of protecting 9.5 million acres of roadless areas in the Tongass National Forest from harmful logging and road building.
After the Bush Administration exempted pristine stretches of the Tongass from the landmark 2001 "Roadless Rule," which barred timber sales and logging roads in undisturbed areas of national forests, NRDC and our allies headed to court to fight that exemption.
Last month, the court ruled in our favor, restoring protections for the Tongass. We are truly ecstatic to share this hard-fought victory with our BioGems Defenders, who have been with us every step of the way in the fight to keep logging out of the Tongass, America's largest remaining temperate rainforest.