Oregon officials ask Obama administration to protect roadless forests


Oregon's leaders are chiding the Obama administration for appearing to veer from its pledge to protect undeveloped forests from logging and road-building.

In letters sent this week, Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Attorney General John Kroger urge administration officials to uphold a Clinton-era rule protecting about 58 million acres of federal forests.

… "I understand that the USDA's attorneys at the Department of Justice may ask the Ninth Circuit to narrow the geographic scope of the injunction that reinstated the Clinton-era Roadless Rule to those states within the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and New Mexico," Kulongoski wrote. "I urge the USDA not to take that course."

The governor also asked the federal government to continue its challenge of lower court's ruling in Wyoming upholding the Bush rule.