Demise of Roadless Rule Leaves U.S. Forest Service Silent

13 08 2008

 

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday that it’s reviewing a federal judge’s rejection of a 7-year-old ban on building and logging in undeveloped national forests as environmentalists rushed to appeal the court ruling.

Forest Service spokesman Joe Walsh said agency attorneys were considering the implications and how to respond to the ruling issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer of Wyoming.

Brimmer ordered a permanent injunction against the federal government’s roadless rule in response to a lawsuit filed by the state of Wyoming. Brimmer said the rule was enacted in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Wilderness Act.

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