— 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.
Dramatic scenery of Bear Mountain in a roadless area in Colorado's Ice Lake Basin.
Recreation, such as whitewatering, is abundant in a roadless area along the Cooper River in Washington.
Clear flowing headwaters in the TeePee-Spring Creek roadless area in Montana's Cabinet Mountains.
A large bull moose in the Great Burn roadless area in Idaho's Clearwater National Forest.
Winter comes to the South Siegel Roadless Area in Montana's Coeur D'Alene Mountains.
Colorful Calypso orchids in the Cherry Peak roadless area in the Coeur D'Alene Mountains of Montana.
The fall colors of huckleberry bushes blanket the forest floor in Patrick's Knob roadless area in Montana's Coeur D'Alene Mountains.
Hikers enjoy the scenery of the Boulder-White Clouds roadless area in Idaho's Sawtooth National Forest.
Young boy fishing in the West Fork Humptulips River by the Moonlight Dome Roadless Area in Washington’s Olympic National Forest.
Spring blooms of fireweed in the Reservation Divide roadless area in Montana’s Coeur D’Alene Mountains.
Beautiful Hum Lake in the Secesh Roadless Area in Idaho’s Payette National Forest.
Old-growth pine trees in the HD Mountains roadless area in Colorado’s San Juan National Forest.
A pine white butterfly rests on Pearly Everlasting flowers in the Patrick’s Knob Roadless Area in Montana.
Meadows and ponds abound in a roadless area in Wyoming’s Beartooth Plateau.