Thursday, August 21, 2008

Even the New York Times gets Roadless Areas

Seems often times that the East Coast doesn't get public lands -- what they are, what they're worth (I mean beyond mere money), and what it takes to keep them as they are with their worth in tact. This blindness exists despite the fact that many of the biggest decisions on public lands take place in the East.

But, today the New York Times came out in support of Congressional action toward making the Clinton Roadless Rule law, to get out of the legal limbo it sits in now -- a status, as the editorial says, that "leaves too much room for mischief." In regard to that, the editorial cites the Bush Administration's constant attempts to weaken the Roadless Rule, as well as the recent overturning of the Rule in district court.

"Last year, more than 140 House members and 19 senators introduced the National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act," the editorial says. "It is past time to provide permanent protection for the forests by turning the Clinton rule into firm law."

When it come's to the West's last and irreplaceable stash of roadless areas, this can only help.

The editorial can be read here.

Everyone can -- and must -- help: You can make public comments on the Forest Service on the Bush Administration's latest, perhaps last, and blatantly lame-duck attempts to weaken the Roadless Rule (which, of course, was also introduced lame duck ... but it was good!).

Send your comments to
  • Rick Cables, regional forester, at rcables@fs.fed.us.
  • You can also submit comments urging Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to give Colorado's roadless areas better protection via COcomments@roadless.org.

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