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Roadless Rule Defense: Affirmed At Court of Appeals, Enjoined in Another Circuit

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November 12, 2014 | Blog Post

Enduring the Shifting Winds of Politics

The new pro-industry Congress is already gearing up to weaken environmental safeguards. Earthjustice has been here before—and we’re ready for the fight.

July 10, 2014 | Photos

Roadless Area Photo Slideshow

The nearly 60 million acres of wild national forest lands protected under the 2001 Roadless Rule provide refuge for many species. Clearly, the best future for these lands and the people who enjoy them is to leave them as they are.

April 3, 2013 | In the News: Los Angeles Times

Judge upholds roadless protections on U.S. forests

A federal court struck down the final challenge to the roadless rule in the United States, ensuring protection from development and logging for nearly 60 million acres of land across the United States. The judge ruled that Alaska’s challenge came too late under the statute of limitations, and the decision follows previous futile attempts by Idaho and Wyoming to revoke this essential environmental protection policy.

March 26, 2013 | Blog Post

It's Game Over for Foes of National Forests

Time has run out for the enemies of roadless wilderness. They spent 12 years trying to kill the national law protecting our forests, and yesterday a federal district court said they couldn’t have a minute more—the statute of limitations had run out.

March 25, 2013 | Press Release: Victory

Roadless Rule Survives Final Legal Challenge

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ends challenge by the state of Alaska against a nationwide Clinton-era rule protecting tens of millions of acres of roadless forest lands from logging and road building

October 1, 2012 | In the News: Anchorage Daily News

High court upholds national forest roadless rule

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Wyoming’s challenge to the national roadless rule which protects 50 million acres in national forests across the country. The court ruling upholds the roadless rule’s prohibition of harmful activity such as drilling and mining on the designated land, and allows logging only for the purposes of preventing wildfires.

"We're glad the Supreme Court put the final nail in the coffin of Wyoming's case," Tim Preso, an attorney with the environmental law firm Earthjustice.