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Accord­ing to the State of Alas­ka web­site, the state’s name derives from the Aleut alyeska, mean­ing great land.” Today on Sea Change Radio we talk about The Last Fron­tier, and some of the threats to its great­ness. A week before the Novem­ber elec­tion, the Trump Admin­is­tra­tion opened more than 9.3 mil­lion acres of old growth stands in Alaska’s Ton­gass Nation­al For­est to log­ging com­pa­nies which can now build roads and cut tim­ber in this pris­tine ecosys­tem. This deci­sion reversed pro­tec­tions cre­at­ed by the US For­est Service’s Road­less Rule Pol­i­cy which this week has been in place for 20 years. Our first guest today is Jim Fur­nish, a long­time For­est Ser­vice offi­cial who explains the impor­tance of the Ton­gass, the sig­nif­i­cance of the Road­less Rule Pol­i­cy, and the prospect of a re-rever­sal once Joe Biden becomes Pres­i­dent. Then, we revis­it part of our 2015 dis­cus­sion with envi­ron­men­tal jour­nal­ist Kate Shep­pard as she recounts how sea lev­el rise has imper­iled the small Alaskan port town of Shishmaref.