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18 August 2008, 12:12 PM
 

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Judge Clarence Brimmer of the federal district court in Wyoming last week declared illegal the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, adopted in the waning hours of the Clinton administration. The judge had blocked the rule five years ago, but a ruling from a federal judge in California two years ago had blocked a substitute rule put forward by the Bush administration and reinstated the Clinton rule.

Brimmer's 100-page ruling heaped scorn on both President Clinton and Judge Elizabeth Laporte, the San Francisco judge who reinstated the Clinton rule.

Brimmer's antipathy toward anything to do with the Clinton administration is legendary, and he did not shy away from it last week: "The Forest Service, in an attempt to bolster an outgoing President's environmental legacy, rammed through an environmental agenda that itself violates the country's well-established environmental laws," he wrote.

Earthjustice attorneys, who represent the environmental groups that intervened in the case to defend the Clinton rule, immediately notified the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver that they will appeal, and that they will seek a stay of Brimmer's injunction while the appeal is playing out. Judge Laporte's injunction blocking the Bush substitute rule is also on appeal, in this case to the Ninth Circuit.

This is way too complicated for a short item like this one. In fact, I've written a whole book on the subject, to be published by Island Press next spring. Stay tuned.

Very informative and trustworthy blog. Please keep updating with great posts like this one. I have booked marked your site and am about to email it to a few friends of mine that I know would enjoy reading
omegle sohbet

It's happening in the White Mountains of Arizona too. Large stands of trees and green meadows are being destroyed to build large box stores and the parking lots that go with them, putting out of business many of the small mom-and-pop stores that now lie empty. We now have one long strip mall, with fast food chains, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, KMart, big chain hotels, and a road through all of this that people drive like a freeway. It's ugly and doesn't fit with the environment of this once beautiful forested wonderland.

I TOO AM SICK AND TIRED OF THESE STUPID FOOLS(DEVELOPERS) WHO HAVE A TOTAL DISREGARD FOR HISTORICAL STRUCTURES, LANDSCAPE THAT SHOULD BE PRESERVED INSTEAD OF DESTROYED PLUS FORESTS AND OTHER SCENIC BEAUTY. ALL THEYRE INTERESTED IN IS A QUICK BUCK AND THEY DONT GIVE A DAM WHO GETS HURT UNFORTUNATELY IM TIRED OF SEEING SUBDIVISIONS ,STRIPMALLS ITS AN EYESORE THATS FOR SURE WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU.WHOLL FIGHT AGAINST CARELESS PEOPLE.THANKS

Thanks for your diligence. Our coastlines, canyons and creeks are being attacked out here, too, by greedy developers and over-capitulating government officials (in Laguna Beach, Ca.). Is there any way that your forests could be protected as historic sites, national monuments, protected resources? Just a thought. We are working on protecting a canyon road by having it declared a state scenic highway. One other thought...are there any endangered species(or perhaps the forests themselves) that could be used to fight for protection? I do know that Harrison Ford and Robert Redford are also great environmental defenders...so if anyone can get to them, or if you could send them your book, that might help. Good luck, and let us know if we can help in any way.
Joanne Sutch

Thank you for the good work you do. Here in Maine we've had a lot of trouble with developers who are destroying the open land and forests and tearing down our cherished historic buildings for an so they can get hundreds of millions in bank financing for "NEW CONSTRUCTION." They are also sending their lobbyists and their infiltrators in advance to worm their way into small town halls and wreck the zoning in order to pave the way for condos and malls and sprawl and business parks, all of it lying empty.

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