Federal appeals court upholds rule protecting nearly 50 million acres of forest

Recently challenged by a lower court ruling in Wyoming, the Roadless Area Conservation Rule that prohibits the construction of new roads in almost 50 million acres of national forests has been upheld by  a Federal appeals court.  Although an appeal to the Supreme Court may be in the works, lovers of the outdoors should be encouraged by this decision.

Of the ruling, U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell said, “”These areas are vital for protecting watersheds, and providing recreation, hunting and fishing opportunities.”  Additionally, the Obama administration supports the protection of roadless wilderness and has said it will defend the federal rule.

An Associated Press article with more details is available here.

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