Federal court reinstates "Roadless Rule" for national forests

08/6/2009 | Google

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked road construction this week on 40 million acres of national forest. The ruling reinstates a 2001 "Roadless Rule," with exceptions for Idaho and the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Kristen Boyles, a lawyer for Earthjustice, said the ruling allows for "protection on the ground for the last wild places and for hikers and campers."

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