Denver -- The roadless wild forests in the National Forest System were originally set aside and protected from road-building, logging, and other commercial development at the end of the Clinton administration. Then the Bush administration spent eight years trying to undo those protections -- but at the end of the eight years had managed to force only eight miles of logging roads through these pristine areas.
The Obama administration attempted to restore the protections, but a federal court judge in Wyoming had ruled that Clinton had not followed proper procedures in setting up the rule. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in California, disagreed. It was not clear, though, whether the Tenth Circuit, including Wyoming, would agree and reinstate protection for all of the roadless areas.
Today it did, and the biggest remaining swath of unprotected wild America is now, once again, safe from the chainsaws.
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