The U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2001 national roadless rule governing 49 million acres of roadless areas across the country. The decision marks a sweeping win for hunters, anglers and conservationists alike as it resolves uncertainty about federal management of roadless areas across the country.
“This decision affirmed the value of backcountry areas in sustaining healthy and secure habitat for fish and wildlife – something hunters and anglers have known for years,” said Joel Webster, director of the TRCP Center for Western Lands. “Sound roadless conservation policies safeguard big-game habitat security, productive trout and salmon fisheries and our sporting traditions. The 2001 roadless rule is a strong mechanism for conserving America’s backcountry recreational activities and outdoor heritage.” (TRCP Square-Dealer 2011)