Friday, May 06, 2005

Say goodbye to roadless areas

The Clinton-era ban preventing road construction in large areas of national forests ("roadless areas") has been removed by the Bush administration, and replaced with a rule that allows state governors to petition for changes to the management policy of previously roadless areas (to allow road construction, for instance). The full text of the rule change, along with rather unsatisfactory responses to public comments, is available here.

There are news articles on this topic just about everywhere, including CNN, the LA Times, and the NY Times. Environmental groups are, understandably, unhappy; read more at the Sierra Club, the National Resources Defence Council, and the National Audubon Society.

To read about another Bush administration change to UDSA forestry rules, see this earlier post.

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