From the Associated Press:
A federal judge has overturned a Clinton-era ban on road construction in nearly a third of national forests, the latest turn in a long-running dispute over U.S. Forest Service rules for undeveloped land.
U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer issued a permanent injunction Tuesday against the so-called “roadless rule,” saying it violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Wilderness Act.
“The Forest Service, in an attempt to bolster an outgoing President’s environmental legacy, rammed through an environmental agenda that itself violates the country’s well-established environmental laws,” Brimmer wrote.
And from the Jackson Hole Daily:
In separate statements, Trout Unlimited and Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership spokesmen said the [ruling] hurts hunters and anglers by allowing roads and logging in some of the region’s most pristine wildlife habitats and fisheries. . . .
_”Roadless areas have been shown to provide secure habitat for big game such as elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep and clean water for trout and salmon,” said Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership spokesman Joel Webster. “The 2001 roadless rule remains the best law for managing America’s national forest roadless areas.”