Lawsuit Filed to Reinstate Roadless Area Protections
Readers of my blog know that this is one of my hot buttons. It's an issue that should have never been up for discussion and is not in any way partisan, yet somehow, amidst other more partisian debates, the Roadless Rule was formally repealed by the Bush administration in May of 2005.Our National Forests belong to all Americans
The 2001 Roadless Rule was a widely supported regulation that protected over 58 million acres of public land on National Forests from road construction, commercial logging, and development. The Bush administration’s repeal of the Roadless Rule swept away those protections without consideration for science, economics, biology, cost to communities, or common sense. Hunters, fishermen, hikers, and millions of regular Americans considered it one of the greatest forest conservation measures in U.S. history.
The Attorneys General of California
and New Mexico
and the Governor of Oregon
; some of most densely forested states by the way; who have been competent enough in monitoring their own land use without federal government regulation, thank you; filed a lawsuit challenging the Roadless Repeal on August 30, 2005. Now they have been joined with a lawsuit filed by Earthjustice
on behalf of 20 conservation groups.
At this point we have to sit back and keep informed. The fight that never should have been, continues...
posted by Cyndy