Senate approves resolution opposing road-building ban

Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate approved a resolution Wednesday urging President George W. Bush to overturn the ban on logging and road-building in roadless areas of the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.

President Bill Clinton included the Alaska forests in the national roadless ban last year. Alaska officials, including Gov.Tony Knowles, condemned the federal government for violating the Tongass Land Management Plan -- a comprehensive plan adopted after a decade of negotiations.

Sen. Robin Taylor, R-Wrangell, said the ban will devastate communities already hurt by logging cutbacks on the Tongass.

The measure passed 18-to-1, with only Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, voting no.

The resolution sponsored by Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, has already passed the House, but it won't really do anything but express the Legislature's feelings. The decision is up to the federal government.

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