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Judge Limits Roadless Rule To 9th Circ., NM

Law360 (December 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal magistrate judge has limited a ruling she issued two years ago reviving the Clinton administration's Roadless Rule so that it now applies only to the Ninth Circuit and New Mexico, lifting protections against road construction for more than 13 million acres of national forest.

In her original ruling in October 2006, Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California declared the Bush administration's attempt to repeal the Roadless Area Conservation Rule invalid, essentially reinstating the wilderness protection...
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