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Roadless Areas and Wilderness

Our National Forests in the Inland Northwest contain hundreds of thousands of acres of roadless wildlands. These roadless areas contain much of the last remaining unprotected public lands of highest ecological integrity and natural beauty.

The Lands Council works to protect roadless areas from development and resource extraction, and promotes Congressional designation of Wilderness in full consistency with the Wilderness Act. 

Oct 1, 2012 U.S. Supreme Court upholds 2001 Roadless Rule:

Conservationists celebrated Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by the State of Wyoming and others to review the legality of a federal rule that protects roadless National Forest lands.  

The high court decision means that the Forest Service 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule has survived more than a decade of legal challenges and remains the law of the land.


In Idaho, the legal battle isn't over with a challenge by The Lands Council, Wilderness Society and Greater Yellowstone Coalition still pending in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Idaho is the only state to create their own rule during the Bush Administration.  The State of Alaska also has a challenge to the rule pending.

The Clinton rule bars most logging and road building on about 58 million acres of national forests and grasslands but allows some exceptions, including when fire or other catastrophic events threaten human lives or property.

Learn about our legal efforts to protect Roadless Lands on national forests in Idaho!

For more information contact Mike Petersen, Executive Director at 509.209.2406 or mpetersen (at) landscouncil.org


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