Laramie, Wy – A federal district court in California handed environmental groups a victory this week. It tossed out a Bush administration plan that could have paved the way for more roads in the National Forests. That means for now a Clinton administration-era rule holds. It directed the Forest Service to preserve millions of acres of roadless areas. But Colorado University law professor Mark Squillace says the issue is likely to come before Judge Clarence Brimmer's federal district court here in Wyoming once again.
Brimmer previously enjoined or prohibited the original roadless rule from taking effect. But Squillace says that if Brimmer decides to rule on the case this way once again the roadless issue could be kept in limbo indefinitely. Squillace says nearly half a million miles of roads already exist in national forests for use by timber companies among others.