By Dharna Noor
DHARNA NOOR: It’s The Real News. I’m Dharna Noor.
Environmental advocates are fighting to protect America’s largest national forest from threats of destruction. The Washington Post reported late last month that President Trump’s administration is trying to open that forest to mining, energy and logging industries. Their sources said that Trump asked US Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to find a way to exempt the Tongass National Forest from a Clinton-era logging restriction. That restriction prohibits road construction and timber harvesting in roadless areas in designated national forests. And if the administration succeeds in this rollback, some 9.5 millions of acres of Alaskan forest land could be affected, but groups in Alaska say they’re not going to let this happen.
Now joining me to talk about this is Osprey Orielle Lake. She is the Executive Director of Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network. Thank you so much for being here today, Osprey.
OSPREY ORIELLE LAKE: Thank you for having me.
DHARNA NOOR: So you have been working directly with groups in Alaska who’ve been fighting this issue for a really long time, for years. What are some of the actions…