Times Observer

FAW chides Thompson on roadless area bills

Calls this Congress ‘hostile’ to wilderness
By
Josh Cotton

An environmental group, PennEnvironment, released a report last week that claimed millions of acres of national forest across the country are at risk of development if three congressional measures are signed into law.

While the bills are unlikely to be passed during this session of Congress, what would those changes mean for the Allegheny National Forest?

Stressing a need to be vigilant, recognizing that these issues could appear in future legislation in subsequent sessions of Congress, Friends of Allegheny Wilderness Executive Director Kirk Johnson noted that the current Congress is the most "overtly hostile" Congress toward those who have an interest in preserving wilderness areas.

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