Rocky Barker’s blog: Roadless rule resolution may wait for next administration. Rocky Barker. Idaho Statesman.

Barkers writes about the latest chapter in the struggle over national forest roadless areas. This is a battle that has been going on since the early 1970s, but especially since President Bill Clinton gave an executive order to protect all remaining roadless areas over 5000 acres in size on the national forests and President Bush replaced it with a much less protective rule.

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

3 Responses to Rocky Barker's blog: Roadless rule resolution may wait for next administration

  1. avatar Mike says:

    Is Rocky suggesting that the Idaho roadless plan is acceptable?

  2. avatar Mike Lommler says:

    Seems that he is, which is unfortunate, because the real trouble with the “exceptions” in the original Roadless Rule is that they give too much credence to the old tired argument that roads might be needed to protect against fire. Roads, of course, actually dry out the forest and introduce invasive species.

    This is not to suggest that there shouldn’t be provisions for discretionary management decisions, but that those provisions should give better guidance.

    This reminds me once more that I need to mail off the Letter to the Editor I recently wrote pertaining to this issue.

  3. avatar Mike says:

    The roadless articles coming from Barker’s columns seem anti-roadless.


October 2007


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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