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Cue the chainsaws and bulldozers.

The Trump administration on Wednesday announced its finalized plan to gut protections for the nation's largest national forest, Alaska's Tongass, opening the carbon sink to clear-cut logging and irreparable ecological destruction.

The change—at total odds with public opinion—means 9.3 million acres of the wild public lands, home to the planet's largest intact temperate rainforest, are exempted from the Clinton-era Roadless Rule, which prevented industrial activity.

"There's one word for this: vandalism. There's one emotion: fury. There's one response, at least this week: Vote," tweeted author and climate activist Bill McKibben.

The announcement of the final Record of Decision, which comes just six days before Election Day, follows the U.S. Forest Service's September release of the plan's Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

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