Description: Challenge to final rule exempting the Tongass National Forest in Alaska from the Roadless Area Conservation Rule.
Organized Village of Kake v. Perdue
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 12/23/2020 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Challenged Roadless Rule Exemption for Tongass National Forest. A lawsuit filed in the federal district court for the District of Alaska challenged a final rule exempting the Tongass National Forest (Tongass) from the Roadless Area Conservation Rule. The complaint alleged that the Tongass is “[a] major carbon sink” and “a critical defense against climate change,” and that the exemption “puts all of this at risk.” The complaint asserted that the U.S. Forest Service and other defendants violated NEPA, the Administrative Procedure Act, the National Forest Management Act, the Organic Administration Act (which established most national forests), and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.