The Roadless Area Conservation Rule was issued in January 2001 to protect the last remaining pristine areas of public national forest from development. In 2005 the Bush administration repealed the Roadless Rule but several states and 20 environmental groups successfully challenged the Bush repeal in federal court in California, reinstating its protections. The State of Wyoming asked the Wyoming court to enjoin the reinstated Roadless Rule.
In response to today's ruling, Earthjustice, which represents the environmental groups in the Wyoming and California cases, plans to file an immediate appeal with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
"The American people have spoken again and again in favor of protecting roadless areas," said Earthjustice attorney Kristen Boyles. "We'll keep working to win permanent protection for these last wild areas of our national forests."
Read the judge's order (PDF)
Kristen Boyles, Earthjustice, (206) 343-7340, ext. 33
Tim Preso, Earthjustice, (406) 581-4016