10 things you need to know today: January 26, 2023

The Biden administration restores Tongass National Forest protections, the U.S. and Germany confirm plans to send Ukraine tanks, and more

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1. Biden administration restores protections in Alaska's Tongass forest

The Biden administration on Wednesday restored protections against new roads and logging in more than half of Alaska's Tongass National Forest, the nation's biggest carbon sink. "As our nation's largest national forest and the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, the Tongass National Forest is key to conserving biodiversity and addressing the climate crisis," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement. In early 2001, the outgoing Clinton administration added much of Tongass to its Roadless Initiative, but state leaders got the Trump administration to reopen it in 2020, saying the change would encourage economic development. The Forest Service has finalized the new rule, which is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Friday, and take effect immediately.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.