Judge rejects ‘roadless rule’
A federal judge in Cheyenne overturned a Clinton-era ban on road construction in national forests. U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer’s ruling is the latest turn in a legal battle over the rule that limited logging and other development in roadless areas, which constitute nearly a third of national forest land.
Brimmer issued a permanent injunction against the so-called roadless rule, saying the ban violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Wilderness Act.
The ruling reflects a similar decision he issued in 2003.
Environmentalists vowed to appeal the latest ruling, which they said might not apply to California.