Advocacy Comments On Forest Service’s Proposal To Repeal 2020 Alaska Roadless Rule
On November 23, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a notice of proposed rulemaking to repeal the 2020 final Alaska Roadless Rule. The 2020 final rule exempted the Tongass National Forest from the requirements of the 2001 Roadless Rule, which prohibited timber harvest and road construction within designated areas within Alaska. The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (Advocacy) respectfully submitted the following comments on Forest Service’s proposal. Forest Service should select a regulatory alternative that balances the competing interests of small businesses and that minimizes the overall burdens to impacted entities.