Roadless Rule Comments from the Public: Over 4.2 Million!

By the end of the 2004 comment period, the Forest Service had received over 4.2 million comments on the Roadless Rule — almost exclusively in support of the Rule.

The Breakdown

  • Bush Administration Proposal to Repeal 2001 Roadless Rule
    July 16-November 15, 2004
    1,765,249 comments, nearly all in support of the Rule.
  • Tongass and Chugach Exemption Comment Periods
    Ending September 2, 2003
    250,000 comments in support of the Roadless Rule
  • Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR)
    July 10-September 11, 2001
    726,440 total comments submitted
    95% of comments in support of the Roadless Rule
  • Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
    May 9-July 17, 2000
    1,176,016 total comments submitted
    98.6% of comments in support of the Roadless Rule
    Note: nearly 20% of comments were submitted during public hearings, which did not happen during the 2004 comment period, since the Bush administration has failed to hold a single hearing.
  • Roadless Area Conservation Rule Scoping
    October 19, 1999-December 20, 1999
    365,000 comments

Comment Math

365,000 + 1,176,016 + 726,440 + 250,000 + 1,765,249 = 4,282,705
97.9% in support of roadless