Washington, D-C – The U.S. Forest Service says it's
reviewing a federal judge's ruling to overturn a 7-year-old ban on road building and logging in nearly a third of national forest land.
Spokesman Joe Walsh said Wednesday that Forest Service lawyers
are considering the implications and the agency's response to the
ruling issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer of
Brimmer overturned the federal government's "roadless rule,"
saying it was enacted in violation of the National Environmental
Policy Act and the Wilderness Act.
Brimmer's ruling is the latest chapter in a lengthy dispute over
the legality of the rule issued in the final days of the Clinton
administration in 2001.
Environmental groups appealed Brimmer's ruling on Wednesday.