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The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which protects 58.5 million acres of national forest land, was repealed by the Bush adminstration, and in May 2005, replaced by a state-by-state petition process.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

Press Releases

Wednesday, August 14, 2002
Government defends roadless EIS in North Dakota case
Wednesday, June 5, 2002
In support of National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act
Monday, October 15, 2001
Earthjustice attorneys presented oral arguments in defense of the roadless forest rule before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle.
Thursday, June 21, 2001
Interior Secretary Norton's grizzly stance falls short of what grizzlies really need.
Friday, May 4, 2001
In yet another rollback of Clinton-era environmental protection measures, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman announced that the Bush administration would seek to reverse a nation-wide rule protecting roadless lands on the national forests.
Tuesday, May 1, 2001
Reacting to indications from the Bush Administration that it intends to roll back protections for the nation's national forests, leaders from Congress and the environmental and religious communities today held a press conference on Capitol Hill to demand full and immediate implementation of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule.
Friday, April 20, 2001
A court order that halted logging in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest was defended in court by forest conservation groups.
Friday, March 30, 2001
In federal court, the Bush Administration failed to defend the Roadless Area Conservation Rule pertaining to national forests in the United States and delayed commenting on the process until May 4, 2001.
Monday, March 19, 2001
In response to a court challenge seeking to overturn the roadless policy filed by Boise Cascade Company, the state of Idaho and others, the U.S. Justice Department Friday "committed to postponing" implementation of the policy yet again.
Tuesday, February 6, 2001
Lawyers from Earthjustice and Natural Resources Defense Council filed court papers opposing two lawsuits that seek to overturn the U.S. Forest Service's new rule protecting pristine national forest lands.