Despite the court’s ruling and the administration’s timeout on road-building, the roadless rule remains at risk. Environmental regulations are vulnerable to legal challenges, and the roadless rule remains entangled in litigation. For example, environmental groups are appealing a Wyoming district court judge’s decision from last year repealing the roadless rule.
Congress should intervene to save the rule and the forests, grasslands and other areas it is meant to protect. Lawmakers should work with the administration to craft a bipartisan measure, similar to one that Obama supported as a senator, that would protect roadless areas from road-building, logging, mining drilling and other resource-extraction activities.