02/16/2012 - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Wyoming's request to reconsider a decision upholding a 2001 rule barring development on nearly 50 millions of acres of roadless areas in national forests.
In November, a three-judge panel of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the rule passed under former President Bill Clinton. In the latest action, the court denied Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association's request for a rehearing.
"The importance of a national policy to preserve what remains of America's pristine forests cannot be overstated," said Jane Danowitz, director of the Pew Environment Group, which has worked on the rulemaking since 1998. "Without the roadless rule, protection of these areas would be left to the patchwork management system that has resulted in millions of acres lost to industrial development."
Read the full article, Court Denies Request For Roadless Rule Rehearing, on the Casper Star-Tribune's Web site.