9th Circ. Backs Ban On Road Building In US Forests

Law360, New York (August 5, 2009, 6:26 PM EDT) -- In a ruling applauded by environmentalists and the Obama administration, a federal appeals court upheld a 2006 injunction Wednesday reinstating the Clinton administration's Roadless Rule, which protects nearly 60 million acres of undeveloped areas in national forests from construction and logging.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with four states and a slew of environmental groups in its decision, agreeing with a California district court that the the U.S. Forest Service acted unreasonably when it sought to replace the Roadless Rule with...
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