Thursday, May 05, 2005

More on the fate of the "Roadless Rule"

Heritage Forests Campaign has more information on Bush's "No Tree Left Behind" Act at

Tennessee has, um, i mean HAD, 85,000 acress of roadless land in its national forests. This, of course, is only a fraction of Alaska's 14,779,000, Idaho's 9,322,000, Montana's 6,397,000 . . . you get the picture.

Nevertheless, this promises to have a big impact on the Southern Appalachians, according to the Heritage Forests Campaign:
The national forests of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennesee and Virginia are already criss-crossed by more than 12,000 miles of roads and contain 728,487 acres of roadless areas. If the Roadless Area Conservation Rule is reversed by the Bush administration, 553,000 acres or 76 percent of those areas would be placed into management designations that allow road building and/or logging currently not allowed by the rule.

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