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Roadless Rule Defense: Affirmed At Court of Appeals, Enjoined in Another Circuit

Case Number # 02545, 02515

The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which protects 58.5 million acres of national forest land, was repealed by the Bush adminstration, and in May 2005, replaced by a state-by-state petition process.

In September 2006, Judge Elizabeth Laporte in San Francisco declared the petitions rule illegal and reinstated the Roadless Rule nationwide, except for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Two years later, Judge Brimmer reissued his moratorium declaring the Roadless Rule illegal throughout the country. But the following year, 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.

On October 21, 2011, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the Wyoming district court, upholding the Roadless Rule and vacating the prior injunction.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Conservation groups plan to file appeal
Friday, June 8, 2007
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Thursday, May 24, 2007
New legislation seeks guaranteed protections for millions of acres of wild national forest lands
Thursday, March 2, 2006
Statement by Buck Parker, Earthjustice Executive Director
Thursday, May 5, 2005
Administration aims to reopen key undisturbed national forest lands to development
Monday, July 12, 2004
Proposal will leave millions of acres vulnerable to logging, mining
Thursday, November 13, 2003
Argues to keep citizens from defending the rule in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
Monday, September 15, 2003
Deadline to appeal Wyoming court decision on roadless areas passes
Thursday, December 12, 2002
Roadless rule injunction lifted