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Bush Roadless Repeal

Case Number # 5696

In July 2005, the Bush adminstration repealed the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, a Forest Service regulation which generally prohibited logging, road construction, and other development on over 58 million acres of roadless land in national forests. Earthjustice challenged the repeal, and on September 20, 2006, a federal district court ordered reinstatement of the rule. Furthermore, on November 29, 2006, the court ordered the Forest Service to stop work on 84 oil and gas projects and an Idaho road project that had been approved during the five years that the roadless rule was illegally repealed. 

Press Releases

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Record number of original cosponsors in both houses
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
President Obama has pledged to support and defend nationwide protections
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 site features slideshow, action opportunity
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen says good first step
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Road building prohibited on 327 oil and gas leases issued by Bush administration in National Forest roadless areas
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Almost 50 million acres of national forests and grasslands once again protected
Thursday, October 6, 2005
Roadless repeal challenged