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Wed September 20, 2006
Wyoming Will React To Roadless Ruling
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming will seek to resurrect a lawsuit
in which a federal judge struck down the Clinton-era ban on logging
and other development in roadless areas.
Governor Freudenthal said today (Wednesday) the state will file
a motion over the next week to revive its lawsuit.
The move was prompted when a federal judge in San Francisco
reinstated the Clinton administration ban on road construction in
nearly a third of national forests, including three (M) million
acres in Wyoming. The decision overturned a Bush administration
rule that allowed states to decide how to manage individual
However, in 2003, U-S District Judge Clarence Brimmer had
overturned the Clinton rules in a lawsuit filed by Wyoming.
The Brimmer ruling was rendered moot when the Bush
administration decided not to appeal the Brimmer decision and
instead issued its own rules.
Freudenthal says since the Bush rules are now void, the state
can bring back the Brimmer decision.