Roadless forest plans draw crowds -- and lawsuits

Jenkins, Matt
December 2005
High Country News;12/26/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 24, p3
The article presents a debate on the protection of roadless national forest lands in the United States. There is a series of laws and enactments regarding forest protection. The U.S. Forest Service has announced in 2001 that it was putting 58 million acres off-limits to road building, oil and gas drilling, logging and mining in the forest areas. It was the end of the administration of the president Bill Clinton and during the tenure of George Bush, he put a check on the rule. In July 2004, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary of the time put forth a decision, which indicates that if governors want the agency to protect their state's roadless areas, they must petition the agriculture department to do so by November 2006. On the other hand there was many attempts and court cases to get motorized-vehicle access in national forests areas. At the same time the local conservation groups who want roadless areas protected had their own tactics for keeping vehicles and people away from the areas. Many states have been conducting debates and the Governors of these states are gathering public opinion in more informal processes.


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