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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal and Upholds Clinton’s Roadless Rule

Source:  Copyright 2012, EcoWatch
Date:  October 8, 2012
Byline:  Jim Lyons
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The Supreme Court decision not to hear an appeal of the 10th Circuit Court decision upholding the Clinton administration’s Roadless Area Conservation Rule is a huge victory for wildlife. As a part of the team who helped establish the rule, I can say that the 11-year battle was well worth it.

The “roadless rule” was a directive from President Clinton to protect all remaining roadless areas on our national forests. Of the 192 million acres of national forests in the U.S., 58.5 million acres--or nearly 30 percent--are without roads. These areas are important places for wildlife and the anchors for biodiversity across large areas of the western and eastern states. Roadless areas provide critical habitat for many threatened and endangered species, and include many watershed areas that are a critical source of drinkable water for major metropolitan areas across the West.

President Clinton signed the roadless rule in January 2001, to resounding criticism from ...

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