Obama could join ranks of our roadless forest heroes

The Wilderness Society joined other conservation groups Jan. 12  to ask the incoming Obama Administration to make it more difficult for local Forest Service officials to approve projects that would destroy the integrity of our roadless forests. The need for such a move comes after years of Bush Administration efforts to replace established national protections for roadless forests with policies that allow protection decisions to be made at a state level.

As the new administration takes charge, there are still numerous federal lawsuits pending over roadless protections. However, we know that we can help protect these precious forests by asking that any destructive activities such as road building, logging, oil and gas development, and mining be reviewed by an Obama appointee rather than allowing such decisions to be made by the Forest Service at the local level.

Read more about the topic in Wilderness Society President William H Meadows’ blog.