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|USDA/FS||RIN: 0596-AD37||Publication ID: Fall 2019|
|Title: Alaska Roadless Rule|
The proposed rule will maintain the current protection status under the 2001 Roadless Rule of the inventoried roadless areas on the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. Additionally, it will establish a new land classification system designed for forest management, economic development opportunities, and the exercise of valid existing rights or other non-discretionary legal authorities.
|Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)||Priority: Other Significant|
|RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda||Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage|
|Major: No||Unfunded Mandates: No|
|EO 13771 Designation: Other|
|CFR Citation: 36 CFR 294, subpart E (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)|
|Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 472 U.S.C. 201|
Statement of Need:
In response to the State of Alaska’s petition for rulemaking (January 19, 2018), the Forest Service and State of Alaska agree the controversy surrounding the management of Tongass roadless areas may be resolved through state-specific rulemaking. A long-term, durable approach to roadless area management is desired that accommodates the unique biological, social, and economic situation found in and around the Tongass National Forest.
Summary of the Legal Basis:
16 U.S.C. 472, 529, 551, 1608, 1613; 23 U.S.C. 201, 205.
Through the rulemaking process, create a state-specific alternative to the 2001 Roadless Rule based on recommendations from the State of Alaska and public input.
Anticipated Costs and Benefits:
Except for the administrative change to the timber land suitability determinations described below, there would be no changes to the Forest Plan. The proposed rule does not authorize any site-specific projects or other ground-disturbing activities. Specific projects that include timber harvest, road construction, and/or road reconstruction must undergo site-specific environmental analysis when they are proposed to comply with NEPA.
Eliminating the roadless designation and allowing timber and mineral development increases the potential to adversely impact roadless area characteristics.
The risk to the recreation/tourism industry is inversely related to the risk to timber industry. Increased timber development potential increases the risk to the recreation/tourism industry through reduction of areas desirable for primitive and semi-primitive recreation opportunities and adverse impacts to scenic quality and aesthetic values.
The risk to adversely impact terrestrial and aquatic wildlife habitat and diversity and the health and productivity of important watersheds is also inversely related to the construction of roads for timber development or other industrial use.
|Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No||Government Levels Affected: Undetermined|
|Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes|
|RIN Data Printed in the FR: No|
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