10/21/2011 - The U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the 2001 national rule aimed at protecting 49 million acres of roadless forests and grasslands — resolving a federal circuit court split on care of public land.
A 120-page ruling released this morning by the Denver-based federal court overturns a Wyoming federal district court's decision in 2008 that blocked enforcement of the rule.
"Today's decision is among the most significant conservation victories in several decades. It reinforces the roadless rule as the cornerstone of protection for our national forests and preserves these landscapes for generations to come," Jane Danowitz, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. public lands program, said in a prepared statement.
"Without the roadless rule, protection of these national forests would be left to a patchwork management system that in the past resulted in millions of acres lost to logging, drilling and other industrial development," Danowitz said.
Read the full article, Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Clinton-Era Roadless Rule, on the The Denver Post's Web site.