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Court Ruling the Final Stop for Roadless Rule Journey?

August 6, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. - It may be the end of the road for the national forest roadless rule. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the original rule is back in place - tossing out the Bush administration decision to repeal the protections for about 60 million acres nationwide. More than 3 million acres of national forests in Wyoming are part of that tally.

The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, based in Laramie, was one of the groups that challenged the Bush administration repeal of the rule. Spokesperson Sarah Egolf says buried in the fine print of the ruling is the acknowledgment that roadless area benefits reach beyond recreation.

"The higher court ruled that the previous administration violated federal law by failing to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the impacts this decision would have on endangered species."

Jane Danowitz with Pew Environment Group says backers of the original rule are now looking for an official declaration from the White House, and some say Congressional action may be needed to stop the lawsuit cycle.

"The ruling is really a game-changer in what has been at least a decade-old fight to save the nation's last undeveloped forests."

The Obama administration called a "time out" in June on development activity in roadless areas, pending court decisions and further review of the issue. Opponents of the rule still say it unfairly limits forest activities, and there is some question about whether the court's ruling has implications for states, like Wyoming, outside the Ninth Circuit.

The Ninth Circuit covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Idaho is not affected by the appeals court decision because a state rule already is in place.

Deb Courson, Public News Service - WY