State Appeals Dismissal of Roadless Rule Challenge

The state of Alaska is appealing the dismissal of its challenge to a federal roadless rule in national forests.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- The state of Alaska is appealing the dismissal of its challenge to a federal roadless rule in national forests.
   
A federal judge in March said Alaska's challenge was too late, falling outside the limit for appeals.
   
The 2001 rule restricts road construction in national forest areas without roads. An exemption was made in 2003 for the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska.
   
But a federal judge in 2011 overturned that decision, and the state sued both to overturn the original rule and rejection of the Tongass exemption.
   
The state, in a release Friday, contends the six-year limitation on suing should be extended. The state argues it promptly sued twice and in-between could not challenge the rule because it wasn't in effect.
 

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