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Major Milestones Towards Roadless Protection

March 25,
The D.C. District Court ended a challenge by the state of Alaska against the Roadless Rule. The case was the final litigation challenging the rule nationwide. The court held that no further challenges are allowed.
October 1,
The U.S. Supreme Court denies a request by the State of Wyoming to review the legality of the Roadless Rule. Of the decision, attorney Kristen Boyles said: "With the Supreme Court’s denial of Wyoming’s petition for review, there should no longer be any question about the Roadless Rule’s legality."
February 16,
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals rejects a request from the State of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association asking for another hearing on their case against the Roadless Rule.
October 21,
Landmark Victory!
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses Wyoming district court, upholding the Roadless Rule and vacating the prior injunction.
June 20,
The State of Alaska challenges the application of the Roadless Rule to national forests in Alaska.
March 4,
Alaska district court vacates the 2003 Tongass exemption and reinstates the Roadless Rule on the Tongass.
January 29,
Idaho district court upholds the Idaho Roadless Rule.
August 5,
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed protection for over 40 million acres of wild national forests and grasslands from new road building, logging, and development.
October 16,
Forest Service adopts less protective Idaho Roadless Rule.
August 12,
Judge Brimmer reissues his moratorium declaring the Roadless Rule illegal throughout the country.
September 20,
Judge Elizabeth Laporte in San Francisco declares the petitions rule illegal and reinstates the Roadless Rule nationwide, except for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
May 5,
Bush administration puts the state petitions rule into place as a substitute for the Roadless Rule.
December 30
Bush administration “temporarily” exempts the Tongass National Forest in Alaska from the Roadless Rule.
July 14,
Judge Clarence Brimmer in Wyoming enjoins the rule nationwide.
December 12,
Ninth Circuit dissolves Judge Lodge's injunction.
May 10,
Judge Edward Lodge in Idaho enjoins the rule nationwide.
January 20,
George W. Bush is sworn in as president; Andrew Card, White House chief of staff, directs cabinet secretaries to freeze any new rules that haven't gone into effect, including the Roadless Rule.
January 12,
The Roadless Rule is published in the Federal Register.
January 22,
Chief of the United States Forest Service Mike Dombeck imposes an 18-month moratorium on most road building on inventoried roadless areas on the national forests.