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A-B Wilderness Protected From Roads

On March 12, 2004, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the US Forest Service and Earthjustice in rejecting a private landowner's attempt to build a new road into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, which is adjacent to Yellowstone. The court agreed with a lower court that found roads are inappropriate for the wilderness area and that existing trail and helicopter access is adequate.

The lawsuit sought to overturn a decision by the Forest Service denying a request to build more than eight miles of gravel road to gain access to the private land, which is surrounded by the wilderness area. This road would have provided access for logging, mining, and the construction of a hunting and fishing lodge on the inholding.