to undertake what became known as the Roadless Area Review and
studying all roadless areas greater than 5,000 acres, not just
million acres of roadless areas in the National Forest System and to
remaining thirty-three million roadless acres available for developments
23) A year later, the Forest Service Chief published the "Interim Roadless Rule," placing an eighteen-month moratorium on road building in national roadless areas.
In essence, the Roadless Rule forbids road construction and logging in inventoried roadless areas, which comprise about one third (58.
The Roadless Rule does not restrict access to inventoried roadless areas, but instead prevents the construction of new roads and reconstruction of existing roads.
Furthermore, the Roadless Rule includes several exceptions to the general prohibition against roadbuilding and timber harvesting in inventoried roadless areas.
The Forest Service has a long history of conserving pristine land from development--a history that reached its apex, in both breadth and degree of protection, with the Roadless Rule.
A discusses the promulgation of the Roadless Rule and the subsequent legal challenges.
The Development of, and Injunction Against, the Roadless Rule
Despite having a mixed environmental record overall, (27) President Clinton had a strong record of land conservation, (28) as exemplified by the Roadless Rule.