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Care2 Victory For Lovers Of Wilderness!

Care2 Victory For Lovers Of Wilderness!
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A Care2 Victory!

Care2 has had not one, but three, petitions around the Roadless issue: this one from The Wilderness Society, a second one from Earthjustice, and finally one from The Heritage Forests Campaign.

More than ten years after President Clinton banned roads and logging on the last roadless areas on our nation’s forests, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has the final say — 49 million acres of America’s national forests will remain wild under the Roadless Rule. Yay!

Huge Victory For The Wilderness Experience

This is a huge victory for believers in the importance of the wilderness experience.

As a lover of the wilderness, and of the amazing experience of hiking in the wilderness, away from all technology and dependent solely on my abilities to survive alone, I hail this victory as awesome!

The court has firmly, and unanimously, taken the side of the vast majority of citizens who love our forests just the way they are: thick with trees and wildlife, their waters running free and pure.

U.S. Court Of Appeals Permanently Protects 49 Million Acres

In other words, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Oct. 21 that permanently protects some 49 million acres of forests covered by Clinton’s 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule. The ruling, a result of a lawsuit in which Earthjustice intervened on behalf of The Wilderness Society and other conservation groups, should put an end to a decade-long legal battle waged by the timber industry, Bush administration and the states of Alaska, Idaho and Wyoming.

This ruling, which reinstates the Roadless Rule, is so powerfully constructed that it should be able to withstand further challenge.

Wilderness Society: We Won!!

As The Wilderness Society explains:

We won despite an array of industry foes and an army of lobbyists who sought to unleash road pavers and clearcutters and mining engineers in some of our most pristine natural sanctuaries. You stood tall against this threat and wouldn’t yield. And because you wouldn’t quit, we stood taller.

Even during the darkest years of the Bush administration, emboldened by your faith in us, we took everything they dished out—in court and in public—and gave it right back. It has been a tough, tough fight … and more. Earthjustice Attorney Doug Honnold described it thusly: “This is really an amazing story, with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.”

And Doug should know. He is one of the key Earthjustice attorneys—along with Jim Angell, Kristen Boyles, Todd True, Tom Waldo and Tim Preso—who spent years shedding those blood, sweat and tears.

What a victory they, and you, have wrought. Its reverberations are echoing across our great land, and we hope are echoing especially loud on Capitol Hill and in the White House. We trust that the Obama administration now will support and enforce the 2001 Roadless Rule as the law of the land.

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11:50AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Great!

10:05AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Good.:)

9:16AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Awesome!

4:33PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

YES! And a good day for progressives in the elections, as well!

7:45AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Great news and keep up the good work,we need our trees.

7:14AM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Keep the GREAT NEWS coming!!!!

7:06PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Well done! Now if we Canadians can only convince the idiots who run the province of Alberta that toxic sludge is not beneficial to anybody's health, and that we really don't need yet another highway connecting Alberta and British Columbia... *sigh*

6:35PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Well, and I thought I was giving the Canadians a push (singing the Wilderness Society's petition). Oh thank heaven for Care2.com.

3:39PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

good! :)

6:02AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

thank you care2 for providing us a place to get together and be heard

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