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Roadless Rules: The Struggle for the Last Wild Forests

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Roadless Rules is a fast-paced and insightful look at one of the most important, wide-ranging, and controversial efforts to protect public forests ever undertaken in the United States.
 
In January 2000, President Clinton submitted to the Federal Register the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, prohibiting road construction and timber harvesting in designated roadless areas. Set to take effect sixty days after Clinton left office, the rule was immediately challenged by nine lawsuits from states, counties, off-road-vehicle users, and timber companies. The Bush administration refused to defend the rule and eventually sought to replace it with a rule that invited governors to suggest management policies for forests in their states. That rule was attacked by four states and twenty environmental groups and declared illegal.
 
Roadless Rules offers a fascinating overview of the creation of the Clinton roadless rule and the Bush administrations subsequent  replacement rule, the controversy generated, the response of the environmental community, and the legal battles that continue to rage more than seven years later. It explores the value of roadless areas and why the Clinton rule was so important to environmentalists, describes the stakeholder groups involved, and takes readers into courtrooms across the country to hear critical arguments.
 
Author Tom Turner considers the lessons learned from the controversy, arguing that the episode represents an excellent example of how the system can work when all elements of the environmental movement work together—local groups and individuals determined to save favorite places, national organizations that represent local interests but also concern themselves with national policies, members of the executive branch who try to serve the public interest but need support from outside, and national organizations that use the legal system to support progress achieved through legislation or executive action.

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Roadless Rules is a fast-paced and insightful look at one of the most important, wide-ranging, and controversial efforts to protect public forests ever undertaken in the United States. The book offers a fascinating overview of the creation of the Clinton roadless rule and the Bush administrations subsequent  replacement rule, the controversy generated, the response of the environmental community, and the legal battles that continue to rage more than seven years later. It explores the value of roadless areas and why the Clinton rule was so important to environmentalists, describes the stakeholder groups involved, and takes readers into courtrooms across the country to hear critical arguments.

About the Author

Tom Turner is a journalist and the editor at large for Earthjustice in Oakland, California. He is the author of Wild by Law; Sierra Club, One Hundred Years of Protecting Nature; and Justice on Earth.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

 

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Showdown in Cheyenne

Chapter 3. The Road to Roadlessness

Chapter 4. Why a Roadless Rule?

Chapter 5. The Untold Story of the Pew Charitable Trusts

Chapter 6. The Rule Goes Final, the Lawsuits Fly

Chapter 7. The Economic and Spiritual Value of Roadless Areas

Chapter 8. Shootouts in Idaho and Wyoming

Chapter 9. The Biological Value of Roadless Areas

Chapter 10. Skullduggery in Alaska

Chapter 11. Hunters and Anglers Get Riled Up

Chapter 12. A New Rule Is Proposed

Chapter 13. Historical Digression

Chapter 14. The New Rule Is Challenged

Chapter 15. The Petition Polka I

Chapter 16. The Bush Rule Is Blocked

Chapter 17. The Petition Polka II

Chapter 18. The Game Is Up

 

Appendix 1: Roadless Area Acreage by State

Appendix 2: Timeline of the Roadless Rule

Appendix 3: Case Citations and Statutes

Appendix 4: Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597264396
Author:
Turner, Tom
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Forest policy
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Government - National
Subject:
Environmental
Subject:
POL030000
Subject:
Forest conservation - Government policy -
Subject:
Forest roads - Government policy -
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Trees & Forests - General
Subject:
Public Policy - Environmental Policy
Subject:
Plants - Trees
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Engineering » Environmental Engineering » Forestry
History and Social Science » Politics » General
Reference » Science Reference » Technology
Science and Mathematics » Botany » Trees and Shrubs
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Trees

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Roadless Rules is a fast-paced and insightful look at one of the most important, wide-ranging, and controversial efforts to protect public forests ever undertaken in the United States. The book offers a fascinating overview of the creation of the Clinton roadless rule and the Bush administrations subsequent  replacement rule, the controversy generated, the response of the environmental community, and the legal battles that continue to rage more than seven years later. It explores the value of roadless areas and why the Clinton rule was so important to environmentalists, describes the stakeholder groups involved, and takes readers into courtrooms across the country to hear critical arguments.
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