Biden administration moves to reimpose Alaska forest development bans Trump lifted

The Biden administration is moving to reinstate a rule to ban logging in Alaska's Tongass National Forest, after the Trump administration lifted it last fall. 

Republicans and Democrats have for roughly two decades fought over whether to ban roads on roughly 9 million acres of the forest. 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will propose reinstating the Clinton-era rule to ban logging and road building in more than half of North America’s largest temperate rainforest, the department told The Washington Post.

The restrictions stayed in place for years amid a series of court battles before the Trump administration removed them.