Wednesday, May 04, 2005

National forest roadless rule to be argued in Court.

Denver Federal Appeals Court to Hear Roadless Rule Argument; Fate of Federal Rule Protecting Tens of Million Acres Hangs in Balance

The debate over re- opening the roads in the national public land is being met by the liberal environment attorney from Earthjustice.
These folks would rather see the forest burn than be able to get equipment in to prevent and fight fires.
And God forbid if there are any recreation on public land.
It's public land set a side and held in trust by the government of the United States for the people of the United States.
It is our birth right, our heritage and we deserve it is our right to have access to it.
To put public land off limits to the citizens of the U.S. is to defeat the hole purpose of setting it aside in the first place.
And as for as I know only Congress can rule on public land as they are the stewards.
Not the court not Clinton and not Bush. (advise and consent)
BY Roy Boy

5/3/2005 5:06:00 PM
U.S. Newswire
To: National, State and Assignment Desks, Daybook Editor, Environment Reporter

Contact: Jim Angell (Earthjustice attorney), 303-996-9621 Todd True (Earthjustice attorney), 206-343-7340 ext. 30

News Advisory:

WHO: Earthjustice attorney Jim Angell, attorneys for the state of Wyoming

WHAT: Oral argument in federal Roadless Rule case

WHERE: 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Courtroom 3, 18th and Stout, Denver

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 9 a.m.

WHY: On Tuesday, May 3, Forest Service officials were telling reporters to standby for the release of a Bush administration replacement to the Clinton era roadless rule. Nonetheless, arguments are scheduled to go forward tomorrow morning at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver over the legitimacy of the Clinton roadless rule. This visionary forest protection originally called for the protection of 58.5 million acres of large blocks of unroaded forests and grasslands that belong to all Americans. The State of Wyoming, which is defending a Wyoming federal district court's ruling striking down the roadless rule, argued to the Tenth Circuit that the court should dismiss the case because a replacement rule would soon be forthcoming from the Bush administration. So far the appeals court has not accepted that argument but indications are the Bush administration may attempt to avoid a legal ruling by releasing its replacement rule as soon as this week. Regardless of Bush administration actions, Earthjustice attorney Jim Angell will defend the landmark forest protection measure Wednesday morning at the court of appeals in Denver.


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