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Old 09-21-2006, 06:55 AM
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Yeah, I found out about it this morning, and thought "whiskey tango..."???
From the Wilderness Society:
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GREAT NEWS: THE ROADLESS RULE WILL BE REINSTATED NATIONWIDE
UNDER A U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE RULING TODAY

In Wilderness Society v U.S. Forest Service, Judge Elizabeth
LaPorte of the U.S. District Court Northern District of
California ruled that:

"The State Petitions Rule is set aside and the Roadless Rule ...
is reinstated. Defendants are enjoined from taking any further
action contrary to the Roadless Rule without undertaking
environmental analysis consistent with this opinion."

In short, Judge Laporte ruled that the Bush Administration
violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the
Endangered Species Act when it repealed the 2001 Roadless Rule.
The court reinstated the 2001 Rule nationwide and enjoined any
management activity contrary to the Rule, except in the Tongass
National Forest. The court did not extend the Rule's protections
to the Tongass because the Bush Administration had previously
exempted the Tongass through a lawsuit settlement with the State
of Alaska.

This is a huge victory for our nation's pristine forest lands!

Click the link below to read The Wilderness Society's statement
and get other information about the ruling:

http://action.wilderness.org/ct/c7wJ4y71YqJj/statement
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Yeah, 'great' news. All the effort, all the attempts to put land management decisions back in the hands of those who have the greatest personal investment.... shot down by well-heeled legal professionals whose masters value ideals over impact on the ground. Wasted. Well, maybe not: this ain't over.
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