Obama begins to put his imprint on the much litigated “roadless rule”-
Bill Schneider at New West has followed the long battle of what was originally Bill Clinton’s roadless rule for the national forests. Today the Obama Administration made its first move.
Schneider tells the story in New West.
“After hearing conservation group recommendations, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has decided to take over authority to approve any development in national forest roadless areas, taking this decision away from district rangers and forest supervisors, where local politics often has a big impact.”
Update . . . more. This article from the New York Times. One-year delay on roadless rule for federal lands expected. By Noelle Straub and Eric Bontrager.