Roadless Area Photo Slideshow

The public forests we’ve fought so hard to protect are now safe. All Americans can now know that a key part of our nation’s natural heritage won’t be destroyed.

— Earthjustice Attorney Tim Preso,
on the long-awaited, landmark decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

There are nearly 60 million acres of wild national forest lands that were protected under the 2001 Roadless Rule. These lands are refuges for many species. Clearly, the best future for these lands and the people who enjoy them is to leave them as they are. Explore these stunning photos of wildlife and wild forests in roadless areas throughout the country.

 

Ice Lake Basin, Colorado

Dramatic scenery of Bear Mountain in a roadless area in Colorado's Ice Lake Basin.

Photo: © Nelson Guda, 2009 / nelsonguda.com

Cooper River, Washington

Recreation, such as whitewatering, is abundant in a roadless area along the Cooper River in Washington.

Photo: © Thomas O'Keefe

Cabinet Mountains, Montana

Clear flowing headwaters in the TeePee-Spring Creek roadless area in Montana's Cabinet Mountains.

Photo: © Terry Glase

Clearwater National Forest, Idaho

A large bull moose in the Great Burn roadless area in Idaho's Clearwater National Forest.

Photo: © John McCarthy / TWS

Coeur D'Alene Mountains, Montana

Winter comes to the South Siegel Roadless Area in Montana's Coeur D'Alene Mountains.

Photo: © Terry Glase

Coeur D'Alene Mountains, Montana

Colorful Calypso orchids in the Cherry Peak roadless area in the Coeur D'Alene Mountains of Montana.

Photo: © Terry Glase

Coeur D'Alene Mountains, Montana

The fall colors of huckleberry bushes blanket the forest floor in Patrick's Knob roadless area in Montana's Coeur D'Alene Mountains.

Photo: © Terry Glase

Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho

Hikers enjoy the scenery of the Boulder-White Clouds roadless area in Idaho's Sawtooth National Forest.

Photo: © John McCarthy / TWS

Olympic National Forest, Washington

Young boy fishing in the West Fork Humptulips River by the Moonlight Dome Roadless Area in Washington’s Olympic National Forest.

Photo: © Thomas O’Keefe

Coeur D'Alene Mountains, Montana

Spring blooms of fireweed in the Reservation Divide roadless area in Montana’s Coeur D’Alene Mountains.

Photo: © Terry Glase

Payette National Forest, Idaho

Beautiful Hum Lake in the Secesh Roadless Area in Idaho’s Payette National Forest.

Photo: © John McCarthy / TWS

San Juan National Forest, Colorado

Old-growth pine trees in the HD Mountains roadless area in Colorado’s San Juan National Forest.

Photo: © San Juan Citizens Alliance

Patrick's Knob Roadless Area, Montana

A pine white butterfly rests on Pearly Everlasting flowers in the Patrick’s Knob Roadless Area in Montana.

Photo: © Terry Glase

Beartooth Plateau, Wyoming

Meadows and ponds abound in a roadless area in Wyoming’s Beartooth Plateau.

Photo: © Nelson Guda, 2009 / nelsonguda.com



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