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WYO Wants to Guide Roadless Rule Through Another Hairpin Turn

July 5, 2007

It's on, it's off, it's back on...and now Wyoming wants it off again. The federal Roadless Rule for National Forests has been twisting and turning in the courts for years, and the latest route is into an appeals court in Denver. Jim Angell with Earthjustice says Wyoming is trying to reach too far with the latest court move.

“It's insisting that the Roadless Rule ought to be thrown out nationwide, even though plenty of other states have come out in favor of the Roadless Rule, including Colorado, where I live.”

Angell notes that Montana is also in favor of the roadless area protections. Wyoming motorized recreation groups are among those against the rule.

Angell adds that it's important to remember that the public process in designing the Roadless Rule was the largest such undertaking in history, and the last pristine lands in the country are at stake.

“That's why the overwhelming majority of those several million people who commented, were in favor of a protected rule -- over 95 percent.”

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WY