Parnell orders state to intervene in lawsuits

Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell says the state will try to intervene in two cases affecting southeast Alaska timber.

Parnell ordered the Alaska Department of Law to apply to intervene to uphold the Tongass National Forest's exemption from the U.S. Forest Service's "roadless rule."

He also says Alaska will file paperwork to support the Forest Service's authority to proceed with the overall Logjam timber sale and the pending Diesel timber sale.

Parnell says Alaska businesses and families depend on timber in the Tongass and jobs are at stake.

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