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WIN! In Triumph For Wild Animals, Roadless Rule Wins Decades Old Battle


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UPDATE: Supreme Court Ruling Makes It A No-Go For Attempts To Overturn Roadless Rule

10/8/12†-†The collective voice of many animal and environmental advocacy groups has paid off! Kinship Circle registered firm opposition to Bush admin proposals to overturn President Clintonís Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

The Supreme Court decided to NOT hear an appeal to a prior 10th Circuit Court ruling that upheld the Roadless Rule.

This is a big win for wild animals, especially those threatened or endangered, who inhabit the 58.5 million acres of national forest (out of 192 million acres total) without roads.

In an 11-year struggle, those in favor of maintaining Clinton-admin immunity for roadless areas opposed opening natural woodlands to road construction, logging, mining, oil/gas and other industrial development. Roadless regions are not just vital haven for animals, but also encompass sources of drinkable water for humans.

Environment News Service: Jane Danowitz of the Pew Environment group points out that the Roadless Rule was the result of the largest public lands review in U.S. history, with more than 1.2 million comments and 600 public hearings.

The "Supreme Court action validates one of Americaís most important and popular land conservation policies," said Danowitz. "Without the national standard of protection the rule provides, millions of acres of Americaís last pristine national forests could be lost to logging and other industrial development."

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Content Analysis Team
ATTN: Roadless State Petitions
USDA Forest Service
P.O. Box 221090
Salt Lake City, UT 84122
fax: 801-517-1014

RE: Public comment for the roadless area management state petition proposal

Please register my firm opposition to the administrationís proposal to overturn President Clintonís Roadless Area Conservation Rule and substitute it with a subjective governor petition/rulemaking system. A standardized policy is essential to safeguard close to one third of national forestland from logging, mining, or oil and gas development.

Although the Clinton administrationís Roadless Rule generated 600 public hearings, years of scientific analysis, and an astonishing 2.5 million public comments ó with 95 percent in favor of a ban on road construction and logging on 58 million acres of national forest ó Bush officials are not convinced.

Even before the administration extended the public comment deadline to November 15 (notably after the election) the Forest Service was inundated with remarks condemning the proposed rule change. Now, amid a steady stream of aversion, the administration continues to evaluate a rule reversal that would immediately open 34.5 million acres of natural woodlands to road building and industrial development.

The Roadless Rule maintains haven for wildlife, unspoiled drinking water, and recreational opportunities. Please do not let commercial enterprises encroach upon wildlife habitat and denigrate the land's integrity.

I strongly encourage the U.S. Forest Service to leave the Roadless Area Conservation Rule intact in the Lower 48 states and Alaskaís Chugach National Forest. In addition, please restore the rule in the Tongass National Forest.

Ultimately, your decision will resonate for decades.

Thank you,


President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500
ph: 202-456-1414
fax: 202-456-2461

Dear President Bush,

Future generations look to you to protect our nationís forests. Your decision in the Roadless Rule will resonate for decades. A million and a half U.S. citizens felt strongly enough about this ruleís import to write to the Forest Service. Ultimately, the preservation of our last wild lands rests in your hands.

Please do not allow more road development to encroach upon wildlife habitat and diminish the landís integrity. Urge the Justice Department to shield the roadless rule from legal blockades and to not pursue settlement arrangements with those who dispute the rule. Please also ensure that Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman follows in her forerunnerís footsteps with a comparable commitment to conserving national forests.

Please weigh the sweeping impact of erecting roads through our countryís last wild sanctuaries. I hope I can count on you to safeguard the environment from ruinous commercial enterprises.

Thank-you for your attention to this important issue.


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ATTN: Roadless State Petitions
USDA Forest Service
P.O. Box 221090
Salt Lake City, UT 84122
fax: 801-517-1014
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