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Roadless Now
Photo of Blue Ridge Mountains roadless area. Credit: Mark Van Dyke.
There are nearly sixty million acres of wild national forest lands that were protected under the 2001 Roadless Rule. A landmark decision in 2011 affirmed the validity of the Roadless Rule, securing critical legal protections for these pristine areas.
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Major Milestones Towards Roadless Protection

March 25,
2013
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,
2012
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,
2012
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,
2011
Landmark Victory!
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses Wyoming district court, upholding the Roadless Rule and vacating the prior injunction.
 
June 20,
2011
The State of Alaska challenges the application of the Roadless Rule to national forests in Alaska.
 
March 4,
2011
Alaska district court vacates the 2003 Tongass exemption and reinstates the Roadless Rule on the Tongass.
 
January 29,
2011
Idaho district court upholds the Idaho Roadless Rule.
 
August 5,
2009
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,
2008
Forest Service adopts less protective Idaho Roadless Rule.
 
August 12,
2008
Judge Brimmer reissues his moratorium declaring the Roadless Rule illegal throughout the country.
 
September 20,
2006
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,
2005
Bush administration puts the state petitions rule into place as a substitute for the Roadless Rule.
 
December 30
2003
Bush administration “temporarily” exempts the Tongass National Forest in Alaska from the Roadless Rule.
 
July 14,
2003
Judge Clarence Brimmer in Wyoming enjoins the rule nationwide.
 
December 12,
2002
Ninth Circuit dissolves Judge Lodge's injunction.
 
May 10,
2001
Judge Edward Lodge in Idaho enjoins the rule nationwide.
 
January 20,
2001
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,
2001
The Roadless Rule is published in the Federal Register.
 
January 22,
1998
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.