The administration says it will “repeal or replace” the rule that opened up more than half of Tongass National Forest to logging.
Environmentalists and loggers thought they had nothing in common, until they started talking.
There were bright spots, but the total lost acreage increased by 12 percent over all from the year before, according to new research.
The effort to open the Alaskan wilderness area, the nation’s largest national forest, has been in the works for about two years.
Early this year, lawmakers considered legislation to thin forests, hire firefighters and increase building standards to prepare for wildfires. But a dispute over how to address climate change doomed the proposals.
Oregon’s fate has always been intertwined with the forests that blanket the state. Now millions of trees are charred, and those who live from them face a future full of uncertainty.