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Roadless Rule Problems Resurface
02/08/2002

I think you'll be disappointed to learn that the Forest Service has issued a series of interim directives that completely undermine the Roadless Area Conservation Rule and the protection it is intended to provide to our national forests, even though the Bush administration had promised to uphold the rule.

Please tell the Forest Service that the new directives are unacceptable and that they should immediately implement the roadless rule. Follow the link below to go to a web page where you can e-mail Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth.

http://pirg.org/alerts/route.asp?id=11&id4=ES

BACKGROUND

Issued in January 2001 after the most extensive public rulemaking in history, the roadless rule protects 58.5 million acres of undeveloped national forest land from logging, mining, and drilling.

Last May, after a three-month review and under pressure from Congress and the public, the Bush administration pledged to uphold the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, promising only minor changes. However, in recent months, special interests working with their allies in the Bush administration have moved to significantly weaken the national forest protections provided by the rule through a litany of bureaucratic maneuvers and changes to obscure federal agency operating manuals.

In December, the Forest Service issued two directives that eliminate a moratorium on road building in previously protected areas. The directives also abolish requirements for regional and local forest service officials to conduct environmental and public reviews before logging, mining, and drilling can begin in protected areas. Officials also have begun a new decision-making process that facilitates new road building, logging and mining in more than a dozen of America's most magnificent national forests, including Alaska's Tongass National Forest, with a number of timber sales and mining leases now in the pipeline. The Forest Service is taking public comment on these directives until February 19, 2002. It's time for the Forest Service to keep its promise to uphold the roadless rule.

Please tell the Forest Service that the new directives are unacceptable and that they should immediately implement the roadless rule. Follow the link below to go to a web page where you can e-mail Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth.

http://pirg.org/alerts/route.asp?id=11&id4=ES

Sincerely,

Tiernan Sittenfeld U.S. PIRG Conservation Advocate

http://www.WildForests.com

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