Roadless Rules: The Struggle for the Last Wild Forests / Edition 2

Roadless Rules: The Struggle for the Last Wild Forests / Edition 2

by Tom Turner, Earthjustice Staff
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597264407

ISBN-13: 9781597264402

Pub. Date: 02/23/2009

Publisher: Island Press

Roadless Rules is a fast-paced and insightful look at one of the most important, wide-ranging, and controversial efforts to protect public forests ever undertaken in the United States.

 

In January 2000, President Clinton submitted to the Federal Register the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, prohibiting road construction and

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Roadless Rules is a fast-paced and insightful look at one of the most important, wide-ranging, and controversial efforts to protect public forests ever undertaken in the United States.

 

In January 2000, President Clinton submitted to the Federal Register the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, prohibiting road construction and timber harvesting in designated roadless areas. Set to take effect sixty days after Clinton left office, the rule was immediately challenged by nine lawsuits from states, counties, off-road-vehicle users, and timber companies. The Bush administration refused to defend the rule and eventually sought to replace it with a rule that invited governors to suggest management policies for forests in their states. That rule was attacked by four states and twenty environmental groups and declared illegal.

 

Roadless Rules offers a fascinating overview of the creation of the Clinton roadless rule and the Bush administration’s subsequent  replacement rule, the controversy generated, the response of the environmental community, and the legal battles that continue to rage more than seven years later. It explores the value of roadless areas and why the Clinton rule was so important to environmentalists, describes the stakeholder groups involved, and takes readers into courtrooms across the country to hear critical arguments.

 

Author Tom Turner considers the lessons learned from the controversy, arguing that the episode represents an excellent example of how the system can work when all elements of the environmental movement work together—local groups and individuals determined to save favorite places, national organizations that represent local interests but also concern themselves with national policies, members of the executive branch who try to serve the public interest but need support from outside, and national organizations that use the legal system to support progress achieved through legislation or executive action.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597264402
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
02/23/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Showdown in Cheyenne 5

3 The Road to Roadlessness 19

4 Why a Roadless Rule? 41

5 The Untold Story of the Pew Charitable Trusts 51

6 The Rule Goes Final, the Lawsuits Fly 57

7 The Economic and Spiritual Value of Roadless Areas 63

8 Shootouts in Idaho and Wyoming 71

9 The Biological Value of Roadless Areas 89

10 Skullduggery in Alaska 95

11 Hunters and Anglers Get Riled Up 99

12 A New Rule is Proposed 103

13 Historical Digression 113

14 The New Rule Is Challenged 117

15 The Petition Polka I 123

16 The Bush Rule Is Blocked 129

17 The Petition Polka II 137

18 The Game Is Up 141

Appendix 1 Roadless Area Acreage by State 143

Appendix 2 Timeline of the Roadless Rule 145

Appendix 3 Case Citations and Statutes 153

Appendix 4 Glossary 155

Bibliography 159

Index 163

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