Friends of the Boundary Waters
Wilderness, August 22, 2001
Bush Administration is reviewing the Roadless
Conservation Initiative that protects 58.5 million acres of federal
forest lands, and is seeking public comments on how to proceed.
, the Roadless
rule protects 62,000 acres on the
, or, 2 percent of
the state’s national forest land.
comments are needed to demonstrate strong public support of roadless
roadless area conservation initiative was
the product of 600 public hearings and 1.5 million comments nationwide
in 1999 and 2000. Unfortunately,
President Bush issued an executive order in January 2001 halting the
rule’s implementation. In
May, he said that the rule should be amended from a uniform policy to
one that allows each individual forest to decide what, if any, parts of
the roadless areas should be retained.
part of the amendment process, public input is needed on a variety of
issues to help the administration decide how to proceed with the
protection and management of roadless areas.
The 60-day public comment period began on July 10 and continues
September 10, 2001
again, widespread support for roadless area
conservation must be demonstrated.
Please write to the U.S. Forest Service and tell them to leave
the Roadless Area Conservation Rule intact.
Be personal, describing why you
think our last wild forests should be protected.
Share your experiences in the BWCAW and
– remember many
’s inventoried roadless
areas are adjacent to the Boundary Waters.
remember, the deadline for submitting comments is
may send your comments in writing, by e-mail, or fax to:
Service – CAT
Roadless ANPR Comments