Extremists Sue to Block U.S. Forestry’s Lease Sales

Extremists Sue to Block U.S. Forestry’s Lease Sales

May 8, 2019

As Power The Future has noted, the U.S. Forest Service’s plans for the first timber lease sales in years in Southeast Alaska could bring back much-needed jobs.

“Not so fast!” was the immediate response from eight environmental groups, who sued to block the project – before the details were even made public.

Yes, that’s right. Before the details were even made public.

Here’s what we know: the Forest Service’s plan calls for stream restorations and culvert replacements, as well as improved recreation including trail building and new public use cabins and shelters that have been asked for by locals.

In other words, the Forest Service’s plan balanced responsible timber leasing with conservation and recreation. It’s a win-win for everyone.

None of that mattered to extremists with Earthjustice, Alaska Rainforest Defenders, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Alaska Wilderness League, Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, National Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club.

These eight organizations showed their true colors by filing suit.  They don’t care about process, they don’t care about jobs, and they don’t care about Alaska.  Their opposition to responsible development that can help communities thrive should be condemned, and Alaskans should be upset at their efforts to harm Alaska’s future.

Power The Future will continue to track this story and work to offset the actions of environmental extremists by encouraging responsible development and the jobs that come with it.