The Wilderness Society Statement on Supreme Court Announcement Regarding Roadless Rule Case

Oct 1, 2012
The following statement from The Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it would not review the Clinton Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

“The Roadless Rule is now indisputably the law of the land.  Today’s announcement by the Supreme Court denying Wyoming’s petition to review the Roadless Area Conservation Rule case is good news for the millions of Americans who have called for safeguarding our nation’s 58 million acres of pristine roadless forest areas for current and future generations. 

“We are deeply grateful for the hard work of our attorneys at Earthjustice who have represented The Wilderness Society and other conservation groups in multiple lawsuits over the Roadless Rule.  We also appreciate the support of the states of California, Oregon, Washington, and New Mexico, as well as the current Administration, for participating in the successful legal defense of the Rule.

“Looking ahead, The Wilderness Society will continue to support and defend the Roadless Rule whenever and wherever necessary.  We are confident that, with continued public support, national forest roadless areas will enjoy the enduring legal protection that the Roadless Rule was intended to provide.”

Adopted by the Clinton Administration in January 2001 after extensive public involvement, the Roadless Rule protected 58.5 million acres of roadless national forest land in 38 states from most road building and logging.  Currently, approximately 45 million acres in 36 states remain protected by the 2001 Roadless Rule, while roadless areas in Idaho and Colorado are covered by similar state-specific rules that were adopted in October 2008 and July 2012, respectively.