A huge victory has been won for America's forests, as a federal judge in California reinstated
nearly all of the Clinton-era Roadless Rule. The Bush administration
had gutted the plan that protects 58.5 million acres of national
forest. Today, we feel that
justice is being served and the voices of the American people are
finally being heard with the reinstatement of these protections,”
stated Greenpeace Executive Director John Passacantando
Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte of the U.S. District Court in San
Francisco sided with the Governors of New Mexico, Oregon, Washington,
the State Attorney of California, and 20 environmental groups,
including Greenpeace, and reinstated the Clinton rule thereby throwing
out the Bush administration's roadless petition plan.
The Clinton rule put 58.5 million acres of national forest off-limits
to road building, logging, and other development. In 2003, the Bush
administration exempted America's largest national forest, the Tongass
National Forest in Alaska, from the rule, and the administration later
gutted the Roadless Rule nationwide. The litigation addressed both
actions. Today's court order reinstated the Roadless Rule, but exempted
the Tongass National Forest.
“Regrettably, one of our most pristine areas, the Tongass National Forest in Alaska remains unprotected even with this decision," stated Passacantando.
"The Bush administration's effort to gut forest protections has been made without consideration of ecology, economics, biology, cost to communities, or common sense, but Greenpeace will continue to fight for its protection.”
Approximately 2.5 million Americans commented on the Roadless Rule after it was proposed in 1998. More than 95 percent of these people supported the proposed ban on new road building in our largest tracts of undeveloped forest.
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