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Press Release: Victory September 20, 2006

Court Reinstates Roadless Rule

Almost 50 million acres of national forests and grasslands once again protected

Press Release: Victory October 21, 2011

Federal Court Reinstates Roadless Rule

Landmark ruling on wild National Forest protections

feature March 3, 2020

The Fight To Defend The Sunset Roadless Area—And Our Climate

Will the Forest Service’s legacy be to protect our public lands to be enjoyed by all? Or to sacrifice them for long-term climate costs and a single coal company's short-term profits?

Press Release February 6, 2001

Conservationists Oppose Legal Attacks on Roadless Initiative for National Forest Lands in Idaho

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.

page February 11, 2014

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Lake Quinault and South Ridge Quinault Roadless Area, Olympic National Forest, Wash.
(Wild Trees / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Article November 13, 2013

Roadless Rule – A Victory We Must Keep on Winning

A decade after the Roadless Rule’s adoption, and years into the Obama administration, we’re still fighting to protect roadless areas.

Press Release September 11, 2000

Court Rejects Timber Industry Attacks on Roadless Protection Policy

Idaho’s federal District Court has issued a ruling rejecting attempts by the timber industry and others to derail the U.S. Forest Service’s roadless area protection initiative.

Press Release: Victory May 28, 2009

Obama Administration Calls for Roadless Development Timeout

Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen says good first step

Press Release: Victory October 6, 2011

European Court’s Preliminary Opinion Supports Legality of EU Law That Curbs Aviation Pollution

Advocate General’s opinion bolsters position of Europe and intervening environmental groups in case on EU aviation emissions trading system

Press Release December 23, 2020

Lawsuit Takes Aim at Trump Administration Decision to Gut Tongass National Forest Protections

Time is running out to curb carbon emissions, but Tongass logging will only make climate change worse

Press Release: Victory January 25, 2023

U.S. Forest Service restores critical protections to Tongass National Forest

The National Roadless Rule was rolled back for America’s last great rainforest by the Trump administration, threatening millions of acres of undeveloped national forest lands

Southeast Alaskans rallied in Juneau on June 22.
(Photo by Colin Arisman)
Press Release June 24, 2019

Southeast Alaskans Rally to Defend the Tongass and the Roadless Rule

Local leaders, Alaska Native people, and community members gathered to double down on support for the existing Roadless Rule in the Tongass National Forest

Press Release November 8, 2012

Forest Service OKs Coal Mine Expansion in Colorado Mountain Backcountry

Roadless area next to West Elk Wilderness would be decimated by bulldozing of more than 6 miles of road, and scraping of nearly 50 well pads

feature July 29, 2015

Saving the Forest for the Trees

Tongass National Forest is home to centuries-old trees and rivers flowing through thousands of islands. It is also the final forest in the fight to keep timber sales out of roadless areas.

Press Release: Victory August 5, 2009

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Roadless Area Protections

President Obama has pledged to support and defend nationwide protections

Article August 6, 2008

Are Ritter, Bush in Unity on Roadless Threats?

There’s still a chance for the public – and the Governor – to weigh in for FULL protection of Colorado’s spectacular roadless lands. Colorado’s more than 4 million acres of roadless national forest are at risk in the coming months because of an apparent alliance between our lame duck president, George W. Bush, and Colorado’s…

Press Release November 9, 2011

Obama Administration OKs Coal Mine in Colorado Roadless Area

Decision comes days after court upholds National Roadless Protection Rule

Press Release January 16, 2009

Idaho Roadless Rule Challenged in Federal Court

Only state in the lower 48 to have roadless forest protection downgraded by the Bush administration