Victory! High court rejects challenge to roadless rule

Note: Here are some thoughts from Lance Olsen, a conservation writer and friend of Global Justice Ecology Project.
“Anywhere on Earth, and under any set of circumstances, including climate change, roadless landscapes offer species important protection not only from the effects of roadbuilding, but also from the human disturbance, harassment and killing made easier once the roads are in.  That protection is likely to be greatly important to species forced to respond to the new climate. This decision by the US Supreme Court effectively protects the protection that roadless areas provide.”  — The GJEP Team

October 1, 2012. Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON —The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests.

The justices said Monday they will leave in place a federal appeals court decision that upheld the so-called roadless rule that took effect late in the presidency of Bill Clinton.

The state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association said closing so much forest land to development has had serious consequences for residents of Western states and the logging, mining and drilling industries.

The challenge centered on the contention that that U.S. Forest Service essentially declared forests to be wilderness areas, a power that rests with Congress under the 1964 Wilderness Act. The Forest Service manages more than 190 million acres of land.

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