Kito is skeptical of roadless rule negotiations

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau Representative Sam Kito is keeping a close eye on the process now underway between the state and U. S. Forest Service to come up with an Alaska specific Roadless Rule.

    He was asked about that on Action Line.  Kito hopes the process will be balanced and fair, although he  is skeptical.  "I guess what I'm seeing is that while the state will say this is not a rush process and the Forest Service says it is not a rush process, I am concerned that the state is moving forward to eliminate the Roadless Rule because we have the current administration in place that is friendly to maybe doing that and that administration expires in 2020 and this rulemaking is suppose to be complete in 2020.  I can't avoid thinking that its a political process as opposed to a rational process."

    The negotiation proposed by the Forest Service was in response to the state's petition to be completely exempt from terms of the Roadless Rule.



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