Posted on May 20, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
State continues to claim the Forest Service didn’t abide by federal environmental laws when it adopted the rule
Roadless areas are important reservoirs of biodiversity, help protect water quality and provide recreational opportunities.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — It appears that lawyers who have spent the last year wrangling over a roadless rule for about 50 million acres of national forest system lands will continue to battle, potentially before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The rule would protect relatively undisturbed areas from most intrusion and development, but maintain access for hunting and hiking.
Wyoming last week petitioned the Supreme Court to review the most recent decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which twice decisively rejected Wyoming’s claims that rule was adopted in violation of federal environmental laws — a far-fetched claim to begin with, given that the national roadless rule was subject to one of the most far-reaching public processes in the agency’s history. (more…)
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Posted on February 17, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Roadless lands in Colorado.
Federal appeals court rejects rehearing of earlier challenge
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY —The 2001 national forest roadless rule withstood yet another court test this week, as the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an effort by Wyoming to overturn the rule, which protects almost 60 million acres across the country from logging, mining and other development.
The latest ruling by the full appeals court came in response to a petition for a rehearing, filed jointly by Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association. Not a single member of the panel was in favor of looking at the case again, said Earthjustice staff attorney Ted Zukoski. A three-judge panel originally upheld the rule last October. (more…)
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