Obama begins to put his imprint on the much litigated “roadless rule”-

Bill Schneider at New West has followed the long battle of what was originally Bill Clinton’s roadless rule for the national forests.  Today the Obama Administration made its first move.

Schneider tells the story in New West.

Vilsack Takes Over Roadless Rule.

“After hearing conservation group recommendations, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has decided to take over authority to approve any development in national forest roadless areas, taking this decision away from district rangers and forest supervisors, where local politics often has a big impact.”

Update . . . more. This article from the New York Times. One-year delay on roadless rule for federal lands expected. By Noelle Straub and Eric Bontrager.

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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 President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to Vilsack Takes Over Roadless Rule

  1. avatar Layton says:

    Oh — my — God!!!

    Backward, feudal, redneck Idaho is the only state EXEMPTED because they are going to use it’s plan as a MODEL for other states???

    Will wonders never cease!!!

  2. avatar Brian Ertz says:

    If I remember correctly, the tradeoff for Idaho’s “collaborative” – local plan was that local groups including industry groups, ICL, TU, Idaho’s congressional delegation etc. came up with a plan that cuts off from the original Clinton Roadless rule 5 million acres out of ever being considered for wilderness & an additional 400,000 acres off the original rule that will be immediately allowed to be roaded, logged & mined. From what I read of the articles, because Idaho engaged in this collaborative, local rule -Idaho will not benefit from Obama/Vilsack’s protective moratorium on roads & development upholding the Clinton rule – that 5 million acres lost to “W”ilderness forever, & the 400,000 to be potentially put under the blade, shovel, or bit is gone – unless the Sierra Club & TWS win the lawsuit. Is that correct or am I misunderstanding ? I haven’t kept up on the Roadless stuff.

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‎"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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