05/28/2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday issued a "time-out" on developing roadless areas in national forests, ordering a one-year ban on road building, logging or oil and gas exploration unless he gives the thumbs up himself.
The moratorium affects more than 4 million acres in Utah, or about half the state's forest area.
"We think this is an important first step in terms of protecting our national forests," said Jane Danowitz, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. public lands program. "The journey will be complete when President Obama fulfills his pledge to uphold the wilderness conservation areas."
Read the full article Ag Secretary Halts Development in Roadless Forest Areas on the The Salt Lake Tribune's Web site.