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Media are reporting that President Trump will arrive Dec. 4 to make the long-expected proclamation, declining either to visit the monuments or consider the sizeable majority of Utah residents who opposed his administration’s punitive review of these and other public lands in the first place.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s has introduced riders to the 2018 Senate Interior Appropriations bill would exempt Alaska’s two national forests, the Tongass National Forest and Chugach National Forest, from the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.
The 2018 Senate Interior Appropriations bill would eliminate protection for roadless areas in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest (our nation’s largest national forest) and the spectacular Chugach National Forest near Anchorage.
[ Media memo: Key background about the legislative attack on the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule ]
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FROM: The Wilderness Society
Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s bill to authorize oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge has advanced out of committee and is poised to be attached to the Republican tax package. It will then go before the full Senate for a filibuster-proof vote requiring only a simple 51-vote majority to pass.