Another Twist for Roadless Forests

The Lyin King

Public Lands Advocate
With the drop of a gavel, the struggle to protect America’s roadless national forests shot back into the spotlight June 17, when U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer denied a request to reconsider his August 2008 injunction invalidating the 2001 “Roadless Rule.â€ÂÂ

The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, adopted by the US Forest Service at the end of the Clinton Administration, aims to protect some 58.5 million acres of national forests designated as “roadless†from human development. However, the ink had barely dried on the Roadless Rule when it was plunged into a tangle of challenges, suspensions, exceptions, and conflicting court rulings.

It was formally repealed by the Bush Administration in 2005, but was subsequently reinstated by the Northern California federal district court. Then, two years later, Judge Brimmer in the Wyoming federal district court issued a nationwide injunction against the rule.

The existence of these two conflicting opinions has subsequently thrown much of the nation’s pristine roadless forest into a legal limbo.

Read more here . . . Another twist for roadless forests | The Wilderness Society
 

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