Watchdog Probes Why Forest Service Gave Grant To Alaska For Tongass Work

"The federal Office of the Inspector General is opening an investigation into how the U.S. Forest Service granted millions of dollars to the State of Alaska to work on a Roadless Rule decision in the Tongass National Forest.

In November, two Democractic members of Congress requested the investigation after Alaska’s Energy Desk obtained documents showing the state used some of the money to pay a timber industry group for additional industry perspective.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona questioned if the funds were misused. The money came from a modified federal grant typically used to prevent wildfires."

Elizabeth Jenkins reports for KTOO/Alaska's Energy Desk March 11, 2020.

Source: KTOO, 03/12/2020