Court Was Wrong To Block Roadless Rule: 10th Circ.

Law360, New York (October 21, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT) -- The Tenth Circuit on Friday ordered the reinstatement of a 2001 federal rule protecting 49 million acres of national forests from road construction and commercial logging, overturning a Wyoming district court's decision to permanently enjoin the regulation.

Wyoming, which challenged the “roadless rule,” failed to show that the U.S. Forest Service had violated the Wilderness Act or the National Environmental Policy Act when it passed the rule, the Tenth Circuit found in its 120-page ruling.

The Wyoming court, therefore, abused its discretion when it issued a...
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