Mike Koshmrl | Jackson Hole Daily
Editor's note: This is a huge victory for all Americans and the our last remaining unroaded areas. Wyoming certainly isn't lacking for places where it drills and mines.
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Wyoming’s appeal of the 2001 Clinton roadless rule that bars development in 52 million acres of national forests.
The ruling marks the end of a battle that left the rule in doubt for more than a decade. Environmental groups applauded the decision, which restricts development and affirms protection of 3.25 million acres in Wyoming.
“This is the nail in the coffin in Wyoming’s legal case against the roadless rule,” said Tim Preso, an attorney with the environmental law firm Earthjustice. “From a legal perspective, this is the end of the road. From a broader perspective, this is a huge victory for undeveloped forest areas that provide clean water, fresh air and ... all kinds of opportunities for public use.”
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