Supreme court rejects challenge to roadless rule in national forests

           Photo: Scott Smith

The U.S. Supreme Court has turned away an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests, including Utah.

The justices said Monday they will leave in place a federal appeals court decision that upheld the so called roadless rule that took effect late in the presidency of Bill Clinton.

The roadless rule enacted under Clinton in 2001 had been upheld earlier by both the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit in separate cases.

Nearly 12 years after it was first announced, the Roadless Rule has faced endless legal challenges. The Supreme Court’s decision not to review the legality of the rule should put an end to the wrangling, and protect our Forest Service Roadless Areas once and for all.

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