Who Will Protect the Forests?


The roadless rule was one of President Bill Clinton’s signature environmental achievements. Thanks to it — and citizen protests and legal efforts by environmental groups — very few miles of new roads have been built in protected areas since the rule took effect in 2001. But enduring legal confusion (the rule has been upheld in the Ninth Circuit, shot down in district court in Wyoming) has permitted regional foresters to move forward with commercial logging projects in Idaho, Colorado, Oregon and the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

Mr. Obama should make sure these and other threats to the nation’s forests are stopped until more permanent protections are put in place.