Americans are very generous. Consider they have just given away access to 3 million acres (5000 square miles) of wilderness to logging, mining and road building companies to use as they see fit. Very generous indeed:
The Bush administration plan for the [Tongass] forest, the largest in the US at nearly 17m acres, would open 3.4m acres to logging, road building and other development, including about 2.4m acres that are currently remote and without roads. About 663,000 acres are in areas considered most valuable for timber production.
The move, the latest in a long-running saga over the Tongass forest, effectively reverses the “Roadless Rule” protection given to the area by President Clinton. (Guardian Unlimited)
Mind boggling to consider, this is being touted as a plan to sustain the diversity and health of the forest “and ensure a source of recreation and solitude for forest visitors.” So the solitude will be increased by building roads and cutting down trees?
I’m a city boy. Maybe that’s why I don’t get the reasoning.