Washington, DC (KINY) - Congressman Don Young predicted the Trump Administration will overturn the Tongass National Forest Roadless Rule later this year.
Young continues to have conversations with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue about the issue, "I think we are making progress. There is some opposition to it. This is not about timber it is really about accessibility for communities, and for other resource development and recreation."
Young said there would be no recreation period without logging roads.
Young said he thinks the state will get a pretty good finding from the Department of Agriculture. He added that yellow cedar is no longer available for artists.
"If you can't get to it, how can you be a totem pole carver. How can we use them for art and the native culture?"
He said the roadless rule put the Tongass into a park status and not a utilization status.
He said other priorities for 2020 include continued funding for the US Coast Guard and being ready to help should the state decide they want federal funding for new ferries.