Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Clinton Wins! Roadless Rule Intact Once Again

In the last year of his administration Clinton passed the "Roadless Rule" which protected 58 million acres of land in 38 states and Puerto Rico. Bush was quick to action once he took office to appoint a timber lobbyist to a senior position whose first major action was to overturn the Roadless Rule.

Today a federal district court reinstated the Roadless Rule and said that the Bush Administration:
"...failed to comply with basic legal requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act"

But this isn't so much about Clinton or really about Bush. It's about preserving the land for the future and a system of prioritizing values - history and wilderness before bottom lines and revenue.

As and active wilderness and Forest Service land user (just last week I was in a designated wilderness area and I live only 5 miles from a huge swath of Forest Service land which my family regularly uses) I am estatic about this turn of events.

Thanks go to the folks over at EarthJustice.com and the countless others who have put forth time and money to making this announcement a reality.

Of this the Executive Director of the Sierra Club, Carl Pope, said:
"Today marks a huge victory for America’s last remaining wild forests and the millions of Americans who have spoken out in support of protecting these special places for future generations. These are increasingly scarce unspoiled places that provide some of the highest quality fish and wildlife habitat, backcountry recreation and clean water supplies in the country."
The Full Story at EarthJustice.com

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2 Comments:

Blogger outdoorspro said...

I, too think this is a great thing, but before we praise Saint Clinton too much, remember that he only did this at the very end of his Presidency, when he knew there would be no political consequences for him or his party.

Still, better late than never.

9/20/2006 10:24 PM

 
Blogger powstash said...

I must admidt I was thinking about the fact that Clinton did this and a few other lasting enviornmental related actions in his last year of office. Wish he woulda had the nads to do this sort of thing in his first term. Then again, he wasn't really "in office" for a time during the Monica years.

But indeed - better late than never.

9/21/2006 10:27 AM

 

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