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Virginia's "Roadless" Wilderness Facing Threats

January 22, 2008

Charlottesville, VA - Today marks 10 years of the U.S. Forest Service "Roadless Rule," but it's under pressure from development interests, an environmental group in Virginia asserts.

The rule protects 400,000 acres of Virginia's 1.6 million acres of national forest land from road building and related development. While the rule may not draw cheers from loggers, miners and developers, local conservationists say it leaves plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the outdoors.

David Carr with the Southern Environmental Law Center says the pressure is on to change the rule and open more land for development.

"The governor of Wyoming is in court trying to undo the rule, and the Administration is trying to take it apart state by state. Fortunately, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has been a strong supporter of roadless protection."

Carr says the road-building prohibition protects forest lands from logging, mining and other uses that lessen their recreational value and destroy wildlife habitat.

Opponents say setting forest land off-limits hurts some local economies that depend on timber, mining, and oil and gas drilling.

Carr maintains that "roadless" doesn't mean inaccessible; some of these lands are well-used already.

"There's a lot of access to these areas; that's one of the reasons they're so popular. They're the backcountry recreation, hiking, hunting and fishing areas that millions of citizens enjoy."

John Robinson, Public News Service - VA