Statement of Tiernan Sittenfeld, Spokesperson, Heritage Forests Campaign and U.S. PIRG, On 9th Circuit Court Decision in Favor of Roadless Rule Process
"The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the State of Idaho's and Boise Cascade Corporation's petitions for rehearing and for en banc consideration of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule case. By refusing to rehear the case, the entire 9th Circuit has upheld its December 12th decision that the lower court's injunction against the roadless rule was an abuse of discretion. This decision further confirms that the roadless rule is legally sound.
"This decision reaffirms the will of the American people who have submitted 2.2 million public comments in support of the roadless rule.
"Now that the 9th Circuit has made its decision, the Bush Administration's Forest Service should move forward with implementing the roadless rule as originally adopted.
"Adopted in January 2001, the Roadless Area Conservation Rule protects 58.5 million acres of national forest lands from most commercial logging and road-building."