HTML _ The National Forest Roadless Area Initiative
22-Aug-2000; Pamela Baldwin; 6 p.

Abstract: The Clinton administration has undertaken a new approach to the management of the roadless areas in the National Forest System. A draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) has been released that analyzes management alternatives, and proposed regulations were issued on May 10, 2000. The comment period on the proposed regulations ended on July 17,2000, and a final rule is anticipated in late fall of this year. The regulations propose prohibiting new road construction or reconstruction in all (with some exceptions) currently unroaded ¨inventoried¨ roadless areas. Decisions on the possible extension of the ban to non-inventoried roadless areas, and on the possible imposition of additional management restrictions for roadless areas would be left up to the forest planning process, but managers would be required to evaluate the characteristics and values of roadless areas. This report traces the development of the new initiative and discusses the draft EIS and the proposed regulations. The report will be updated as circumstances warrant. [read report]

Topics: Forests, Public Lands, Legislative

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