Wyoming is still battling roadless rule

May 14, 2012

 Governor Matt Mead says he is continuing to pursue legal action over the federal roadless rule as he tries to work out a compromise in Wyoming.  Mead says the lawsuit is trying to delay making hundreds of acres off limits to development, while state officials work with the forest service to determine what should actually be off limits.

“I don’t think it will ultimately be resolved in the courts. I think hopefully it will be resolved with us working with the forest service and trying to figure out what we should do in the state.  Part of that is just an inventory.  What do we have and what does it mean?  Because the roadless rule means different things to different people including members of the forest service.”

Mead agrees that there are areas in Wyoming that should be protected, but he says there are also multiple use issues that should be considered.  He says there is a lot of work to do in order to reach an agreement.