- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The state of Alaska wants the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision that reinstated prohibitions on road-building and timber harvests in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest.

In July, a divided appeals court found the U.S. Department of Agriculture did not give a reasoned explanation for reversing course and creating a special exemption to the “Roadless Rule” for the Tongass. The change in course followed a change in administrations. The majority opinion stated that even when reversing a policy after an election, an agency cannot discard prior factual findings without a reasoned explanation.

The state argues that different values and priorities are a legitimate reason for a new administration to change policies of its predecessor.

A separate state challenge to the Roadless Rule is pending in federal court.


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