Alaska delegation seeks White House help in lifting logging ban

Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska congressional delegation is turning to the Bush administration for help in lifting a court injunction on logging in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest.

Sens. Frank Murkowski and Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young made the request of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman.

The Alaska Republicans want them to ask an Anchorage-based federal judge to reconsider a logging injunction he imposed March 30.

The delegation contends U.S. District Judge James Singleton Jr. erred in halting logging while ordering the Forest Service to evaluate 9.4 million roadless acres for possible wilderness designation.

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