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Press Release July 28, 2022

Earthjustice Responds to House Vote Protecting Roadless Rule

Provision adopted as part of Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act

The Wasatch Crest Trail in Utah. The “Roadless Rule” protects nearly 60 million acres of forestland, including watersheds serving as drinking water sources for nearly one in every five people across the country.
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Press Release March 1, 2019

Earthjustice: Utah’s Roadless Rule Attacks Threaten “Our Best Tools in the Fight Against Climate Change”

Environmental law organization calls on Secretary of Agriculture Perdue to reject proposal

Located in Alaska's panhandle, the Tongass is the country's largest national forest — and home to nearly one-third of all old-growth temperate rainforest remaining in the entire world. (Lee Prince / Shutterstock)
Press Release August 2, 2018

USDA Announces Effort to Strip National Forest Protections in Alaska

The agency plans an Alaska-only version of Roadless Rule that will open wildlands to logging

Tom Waldo, one of the legal architects of Earthjustice's Roadless Rule strategy, walks through a field of fireweed near Juneau, Alaska.
(Michael Penn for Earthjustice)
Article: Victory September 28, 2017

Earthjustice wins 16-year-long battle to protect 50 million acres of forests

Latest court ruling upholds Roadless Rule protections for almost 50 million acres of wild lands.

document September 22, 2017

National Roadless Rule Opinion

Opinion on 2001 Roadless Rule in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Much of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is protected from logging and roadbuilding thanks to the roadless rule.
(Ivan Kish / Getty Images)
Press Release: Victory September 22, 2017

Federal Courts Uphold Landmark Federal Forest Protections Again

Alaska and timber interests have been trying, unsuccessfully, for years to overturn protections for some of the wildest, untouched roadless areas of our nation’s forests

feature February 3, 2015

Timeline of the Roadless Rule

A timeline of the creation of and fight to defend the National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Policy.

Article November 12, 2014

Enduring the Shifting Winds of Politics

The new pro-industry Congress is already gearing up to weaken environmental safeguards. Earthjustice has been here before—and we’re ready for the fight.

Article March 26, 2013

It's Game Over for Foes of National Forests

Time has run out for the enemies of roadless wilderness. They spent 12 years trying to kill the national law protecting our forests, and yesterday a federal district court said they couldn’t have a minute more—the statute of limitations had run out.

document March 25, 2013

Roadless: Memorandum Decision

document March 25, 2013

Roadless: Order Dismissing Case

Press Release: Victory March 25, 2013

Roadless Rule Survives Final Legal Challenge

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ends challenge by the state of Alaska against a nationwide Clinton-era rule protecting tens of millions of acres of roadless forest lands from logging and road building

Press Release: Victory October 1, 2012

Supreme Court Will Not Review Roadless Area Protections

Roadless Rule remains the law of the land

Press Release February 24, 2012

Wyoming Asks Supreme Court to Hear Roadless Rule Case

Earthjustice will be there to defend forest protections

Press Release: Victory February 16, 2012

Federal Appeals Court Refuses to Reconsider Roadless Rule

Landmark ruling on wild national forest protections stands

Article February 16, 2012

Victory Stands For The Roadless Rule

Nearly 50 million acres of America’s most pristine public forest lands remain protected today, thanks to a decision this afternoon by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denying a last-ditch effort by the State of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association to overturn the U.S. Forest Service Roadless Area Conservation Rule, more commonly known as…

Press Release November 17, 2011

House and Senate Unite Under Legislation To Protect America’s Wild and Pristine Roadless Forests

Introduce Roadless Area Conservation Act today

Lake Quinault and South Ridge Quinault Roadless Area, Olympic National Forest, Wash.
(Wild Trees / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
feature: Victory October 21, 2011

Major Victory Secures Roadless Rule

Thirteen years after Earthjustice first launched legal action, the nearly 50-million-acre heartland of America’s national forests is secure. A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the Roadless Rule, virtually ending a politically infested process that pitted resource exploiters against the vast majority of citizens who rely upon these pristine lands for recreation and repose.