USDA Forest Service
Heidi Valetkevitch, 202-205-1134
NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS:
FOREST CHIEF DIRECTS LEADERSHIP TO UPHOLD ROADLESS
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2001 -- U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service
Chief Dale Bosworth today directed agency managers
to move forward to protect roadless values in national
forests and grasslands in a manner consistent with
USDA policies. The guidance, issued in a letter
to regional foresters, reserves to the Chief authority
for all decisions about timber harvest and road
construction in inventoried roadless areas
with exceptions similar to the Jan. 12, 2001 rule
published in the Federal Register.
A recent court decision (Idaho v. Dombeck) temporarily
enjoined the Forest Service from implementing the
roadless area conservation rule of Jan. 12. The
Chiefs action provides immediate protections
in designated roadless areas until long-term protections
are in place under the forest planning process.
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