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A Decade of Litigation Over the Roadless Rule Finally Nearing the End

July 2013

Citation: ELR 10542

Author: Daniel L. Timmons

After more than a decade of litigation over the management of roadless areas in national forests, several developments over the past months have brought this long and drawn-out fight nearly to a close. All but three states will be governed by the terms of the 2001 Roadless Rule, while state-specific rules in Idaho and Colorado will govern roadless areas in those two states. Alaska, with the nation’s two largest national forests, the Tongass and Chugach National Forests, as well as the most roadless acreage of any state, is the only state in which litigation continues. Alaska has strong arguments that national forests in the state should not be subject to the restrictions of the Roadless Rule.

Daniel L. Timmons is an Associate with Marten Law.

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