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September 21, 2006

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Roadless Rule Reinstated: Federal judge shoots down Bush’s plan

Thanks to a federal judge’s latest ruling, sportsmen and conservationists who want wild public lands to remain wild are back on track--but there’s still a long road ahead. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Laporte overturned the Bush administration rule allowing individual states to manage national forest lands and reinstated the Clinton-era “Roadless Rule” prohibiting logging, mining, and other development on 58.5 million acres in 38 states and Puerto Rico. “Secure roadless habitat is the core of Montana’s hunting and fishing heritage,” Montana Wildlife Federation Executive Board member Bill Orsello told the Helena Independent Record. “These roadless areas are the reason we have a five-week general deer and elk season and the longest of any western state.” Wilderness advocates, however, fully expect the decision to be appealed. Stay tuned. Click here for the story.

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