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Roadless Rule Reversed

By Tom Valtin

It's almost as if there'd been a sign saying "no roadbuilding or logging" and the Bush administration crossed out the word "no."

The Roadless Area Conservation Rule--signed by President Clinton after receiving more than 2 million public comments, 95 percent of which favored the strongest protections--would have protected 58 million acres of roadless wild forests from roadbuilding and logging. But the Bush administration has stood the rule on its head with a convoluted process that requires governors to petition the Forest Service not to build roads or log these roadless wild forests in their states. And even after preparing and submitting a petition, the Forests Service can reject the request out-of-hand. The administration has already said the national forests in Alaska will not be protected by the rule.

Take action: The Sierra Club and its coalition partner have set an ambitious goal of generating 1 million comments to the Forest Service by the end of the public comment period on September 14. Tell Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth you support protecting all national forest roadless areas from logging, road construction, and other damaging activities. These wild forests provide clean water, fish and wildlife habitat, and backcountry recreation.

For more information, and to send a message to the Forest Service, go to the Sierra Club's Take Action site.


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