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The Latest On: Roadless Rule

August 19, 2009 | Blog Post

Roadless Rising

Obama and the courts back roadless areas. Mostly.

August 6, 2009 | Blog Post

Claiming Credit

Everyone wants credit for the roadless victory

July 8, 2009 | Blog Post

Gentle Persuasion

As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to "uphold and defend" the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which set out to protect nearly 60 million acres of pristine national forest lands across the country. Not long ago, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who has responsibility for the Forest Service among many things, announced that he will personally review any projects proposed in roadless areas. This move was labelled a year-long "time out" for road building and logging by some in the media, but in fact, there's no guarantee.

June 26, 2009 | Blog Post

Bedfellows

The Alabama-based environmental law firm Wildlaw has just announced the hiring of Mark Rey as a part-time lobbyist to work on national forest restoration projects in the Southeast and to help with land acquisition efforts.

May 27, 2009 | Blog Post

Let's Keep Wilderness Wild

Road construction in national forests can harm fish and wildlife habitats while polluting local lakes, rivers, and streams. The Roadless Area Conservation Rule—which was made on the basis of extensive citizen input—protects 58.5 million acres of national forest from such harmful building. I will be proud to support and defend it.

—Senator Barack Obama, 2008

May 15, 2009 | Blog Post

Part 2: 'Easy Things' for Obama to Do Now

Last November, as Barack Obama won the election, we recommended a list of "easy things" the new president could immediately do to cement his promises about being a pro-environment president. This is our second update on how he's doing.

April 13, 2009 | Case

Challenging Smoky Canyon Mine Expansion Permit

Earthjustice challenged a permit to expand a phosphate mine into roadless areas in a national forest in Idaho, a challenge that was ultimately turned away in a two-to-one appeals court ruling.

April 1, 2009 | Blog Post

On the Right Path to Roadless

Two million acres of new wilderness, miles of new scenic rivers, the withdrawal of land in the Wyoming Range and elsewhere, all signed into law by President Obama (it still feels really good to type that) just in time for my birthday. The bill, a so-called omnibus, was a patchwork of nearly 170 separate bills, many of which had been kicking around for quite a while.

I only wish they had added one more: A bill to codify the Roadless Rule of 2001.

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