Alaska won’t be the first exception to the Roadless Rule (there are state-specific versions for both Idaho and Colorado) but there is no certainty about how Alaska’s version will take shape. According to Chris French, the Associate Deputy Chief at National Forest Systems, the rule could range from a full implementation to a full exemption.
A public advisory panel will be created to provide feedback for the USDA and the state government as they create a framework for the new rule. “The State of Alaska is ready to begin this work. I am confident that state and federal officials will be responsive to input from local residents every step of the way and that together we will account for the diverse needs of people who live, work, and recreate in the forest,” said Governor Bill Walker on the subject.