USFS seeks to reverse 'roadless rule' policy

Producers and their congressional supporters looking to expand drilling on certain federal lands praised a recent action by the US Department of Agriculture's US Forest Service. The new USFS proposal essentially would overturn the controversial "roadless rule" enacted by former US President Bill Clinton in the waning days of his administration.Environmental groups called the new USFS decision misguided and warned it would mean ecologically vulnerable national forests are unnecessarily compromised by commercial activity.States litigateIn June 2003, the 10th US Circuit Court struck down the Clinton-era rule enacted in January 2001 that set a federal standard restricting logging and road...

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