The Latest On: Roadless Rule Defense: Affirmed At Court of Appeals, Enjoined in Another Circuit
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.
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.