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Re: Species Population Biomass effects on the Biosphere
« on: October 22, 2017, 05:11:30 pm »

Mist hangs over the Tongass temperate rain forest in Alaska. The Bush administration tried to undermine the Roadless Rule by exempting the Tongass National Forest from the rule. LEEPRINCE / SHUTTERSTOCK

EARTHJUSTICE WINS 16-YEAR-LONG BATTLE TO PROTECT 50 MILLION ACRES OF FORESTS

By Jessica A. Knoblauch | Thursday, September 28, 2017


Tom Waldo, one of the legal architects of Earthjustice's Roadless Rule strategy, walks through a field of fireweed near Juneau, Alaska. MICHAEL PENN FOR EARTHJUSTICE

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A decades-long fight over a landmark rule protecting wild forests nationwide took another successful–and possibly final–turn last week after a U.S. district court threw out a last-ditch attack by the state of Alaska against the Roadless Rule.

Adopted in the closing days of the Clinton administration, the Roadless Rule prohibits most logging and road construction in roadless areas of national forests. These lands, today equaling about 50 million acres or about the size of Nebraska, are some of the wildest places left in America.

Upon its passage, the rule was overwhelmingly popular with the American people, including those who like to hike, camp, fish and recreate among the trees in wild, unmarred areas. The Forest Service also liked the rule, since, at the time, the agency had a multibillion-dollar backlog on maintenance for more than 400,000 miles of existing roads, and it wasn’t eager to add even more to its workload.

Yet, despite its popularity, state political leaders with ties to the logging and timber industries hated the new rule. Even before President Clinton left office, they began their attack. The Bush administration , which took office just eight days later, failed to come to the rule’s defense.

“It created this vacuum,” says Earthjustice attorney Tom Waldo, one of the legal architects of the organization’s Roadless Rule strategy. “So Earthjustice stepped in.”


A roadless area in the North Carolina National Forest. MARK VAN DYKE

Full story:
https://earthjustice.org/blog/2017-september/earthjustice-wins-16-year-long-battle-to-protect-forests-the-size-of-nebraska
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