In a long-awaited ruling – and huge victory for the outdoor industry and backcountry recreation – the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated federal roadless area status for 49 million acres of Forest Service land across the U.S. With exceptions for fire management and emergencies, the revived 2001 Clinton-era rule limits road building, pipeline and power transmission corridors; and bans most extractive uses – timber, mining, oil & gas – in roadless areas.
“Our customers seek and demand access to a spectrum of recreation venues and opportunities – whether a local bike path or a remote hunting area,” said OIA Director of Recreation Policy Craig Mackey. “Protecting our remaining roadless areas is critical to providing pristine backcountry, quality recreation and habitat.”
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