SocraticGadfly: A roadless kudo for Team Obama

May 29, 2009

A roadless kudo for Team Obama

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a one-year moratorium on road-building in national forests. Basically, it’s a continuation of President Clinton’s 2001 roadless rule, which has been tied up in legal knots ever since. Those legal battles are part of why Vilsack announced the moratorium.

Immediate winner? Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, where it has been estimated 35 miles of additional roads would be needed for several logging sales to be pulled off.

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