Idaho Examiner - Sen. Larry Craig News Releases

Friday, May 06, 2005

ROADLESS RULE FINALIZED

“Positive step forward to resolve roadless debate”

BOISE, Idaho – The Bush Administration released the final roadless area rule today. The rule affects 9 million acres in Idaho, second only to Alaska in total land affected.

Idaho’s Congressional Delegation issued the following statement:

"We congratulate the Bush Administration for taking such
a positive step toward resolving the roadless debate. This
rule recognizes that a broad dictate over 60 million acres is
simply unacceptable. By empowering states to offer suggestions on the
management of roadless area in their states, the Forest Service can craft management plans to local conditions, reflecting local priorities while maintaining the lands for everyone.

"This rule will assist the Forest Service in the daunting job of
managing 192 million acres to meet the demands of a vast array of users while conserving the health of the forest."

More information on the rule can be found at http://www.usda.gov.

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