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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Wildlife Activist

"This story highlights just how fragile environmental victories are."
Midwest Book Review

"Roadless Rules is an informed and informative read."
author of Deep Economy - Bill McKibben

"There's no one better than Tom Turner to tell this epic tale, for he was one of the people who made it come out mostly right. It's an important chapter of American environmental history m and of our democratic history too, because for one the voice of millions was not muffled by special pleading from the powerful."
Executive Director, Sierra Club - Carl Pope

"Roadless Rules is an in-depth examination of one of the greatest conservation victories in history—the Clinton Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which protected 65 million acres of roadless area in national forest from road building and logging. After eight years of the Bush administration's indefatigable effort to reverse or undermine it, Clinton's handiwork has stood the test of time. Tom Turner explains why the initiative was breakthrough and how it has withstood ongoing assault."
Wildlife Activist

"This story highlights just how fragile environmental victories are."

The Midwest Book Review - James A. Cox
"Roadless Rules is an informed and informative read."

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597264402
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 2/23/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Turner is a journalist and the editor at large for Earthjustice in Oakland, California. He is the author of Wild by Law; Sierra Club, One Hundred Years of Protecting Nature; and Justice on Earth.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Showdown in Cheyenne
Chapter 3. The Road to Roadlessness
Chapter 4. Why a Roadless Rule?
Chapter 5. The Untold Story of the Pew Charitable Trusts
Chapter 6. The Rule Goes Final, the Lawsuits Fly
Chapter 7. The Economic and Spiritual Value of Roadless Areas
Chapter 8. Shootouts in Idaho and Wyoming
Chapter 9. The Biological Value of Roadless Areas
Chapter 10. Skullduggery in Alaska
Chapter 11. Hunters and Anglers Get Riled Up
Chapter 12. A New Rule Is Proposed
Chapter 13. Historical Digression
Chapter 14. The New Rule Is Challenged
Chapter 15. The Petition Polka I
Chapter 16. The Bush Rule Is Blocked
Chapter 17. The Petition Polka II
Chapter 18. The Game Is Up
Appendix 1: Roadless Area Acreage by State
Appendix 2: Timeline of the Roadless Rule
Appendix 3: Case Citations and Statutes
Appendix 4: Glossary
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