In response to Frank Murkowski’s commentary on why we should have an exemption to the Roadless Rule for the Tongass National Forest: Why we continue to have this discussion about lifting the rule in the Tongass is beyond me. When it was last logged, the feds had to subsidize it to the tune of $20 million per year. So under the Clinton administration, Sen. Ted Stevens negotiated a $90 million dollar deal where this subsidy would end and this money would go to retraining the 400 loggers. This has never made money and never will under current economics. This is another subsidy we don’t need and got rid of to support a small industry and loggers.
— Greg Svendsen
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