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Biden to reinstate full protections for Tongass NF, reversing Trump

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is moving to restore full environmental protections for Tongass National Forest in Alaska, reversing an attempt by former President Donald J. Trump to introduce logging and mining in one of the world’s largest intact temperate rain forests.

The move, announced Thursday by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, comes a month after the administration gave notice it would “repeal or replace” a rule promulgated under Mr. Trump to open about nine million acres, or more than half of the forest, to development.

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