Last Chance to Support Roadless Areas

Feature story - November 8, 2004
Some things are better off when they're not relaxed. The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which protects 58.5 million acres of public forest land, is one of them. We still have an opportunity to weigh in on whether the Bush administration should open our national forests to road-building, but the comment deadline of November 15 is fast approaching. Please add your voice to the 10,000+ people who have already said "no" to road-building through this website, and make the voice of the public too loud to be ignored.

Road-building in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest of Wisconsin

Our Forests Under Assault

Our national forests are about to become the victims of the Bush administration's latest and greatest assault on our forests. The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which protects 58.5 million acres of forest land, is in imminent danger of being undermined. You can help by telling the Forest Service that our last remaining wild forests need protection.

Since early August, more than 10,000 of you have told President Bush to save our national forests and keep them roadless through this website. But we know that it takes an overwhelming public outcry for the Bush administration to take notice, so please add your voice today.

Key Information:

The Roadless Rule, enacted by President Clinton in 2001, prohibits road-building in over 58 million acres of unspoiled natural forests. More than 2 million people have voiced their support for the rule.

The proposed changes to the rule require governors to petition the Forest Service to have roadless areas in their states protected from logging, road-building and other industrial activities. National forests are part of all Americans' natural heritage, however, and should not be managed by states that are beholden to timber and other industrial interests.

Inventoried Roadless Areas provide approximately 24,000 recreational jobs each year. The Forest Service itself says that national forests provide 31 times more revenue and 38 times more jobs from recreation and tourism than from logging.

Watch the Flash animation Bush's Big Blow Out Sale of Our Forests

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