THE ROADLESS ACT IS BACK!
Embattled roadless federal forests would be given protection–
permanently– under a bill now in the House of Representatives.
On May 24, the National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act was
reintroduced in both the House and the Senate. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA)
introduced the bill in the House as H.R. 2516 and so far has signed
on 148 bipartisan co-sponsors.
Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and John Warner (R-VA) have introduced
a companion bill in the Senate, S. 1478. It has 19 co-sponsors.
The Roadless Area Conservation Act would provide permanent protection
for 58.5 million acres of pristine forest land in 39 states, including
the 9.3-million-acre Tongass National Forest in Alaska. (The Tongass
was excluded from roadless area protections in 2005.)
The original Roadless Area Conservation Rule was an administrative
rule written during the Clinton administration. The rule, which
went into effect in January 2001, was the most popular environmental
regulation ever written, with over 1.6 million public comments on
the original rule. The roadless rule protected 58.5 million roadless
acres of national forest from roadbuilding, logging, drilling, mining,
and other development.
A law enacted by Congress (rather than a rule promulgated by a federal
agency) would ensure that roadless protections are not subject to
the whims of a hostile executive branch. It would provide needed
and long-lasting protection for the last unroaded forests in the
By keeping large portions of the national forests safe from roadbuilding
and consequent development, the Roadless Act would help ensure clean
water, wilderness recreation, and wildlife habitat protection, and
keep wild forestlands intact so that future generations will be
able to enjoy them.
Call your representative through the Congressional Switchboard,
202/224-3121, and ask him or her to support H.R. 2516, the Roadless
Area Conservation Act of 2007.
Find your representative at: http://www.house.gov/MemStateSearch.html
The following California senators and representatives have already
agreed to co-sponsor the bill:
Rep Berman, Howard L.
Rep Capps, Lois
Rep Davis, Susan A.
Rep Eshoo, Anna G.
Rep Farr, Sam
Rep Filner, Bob
Rep Harman, Jane
Rep Honda, Michael M.
Rep Lantos, Tom
Rep Lee, Barbara
Rep Lofgren, Zoe
Rep Matsui, Doris O.
Rep McNerney, Jerry
Rep Miller, George
Rep Napolitano, Grace F.
Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille
Rep Sanchez, Linda T.
Rep Sanchez, Loretta
Rep Schiff, Adam B.
Rep Sherman, Brad
Rep Solis, Hilda L.
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete
Rep Tauscher, Ellen O.
Rep Waters, Maxine
Rep Waxman, Henry A.
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C.
Sen Boxer, Barbara
Sen Feinstein, Dianne