The courts are finished with addressing the Forest Service Roadless Area Conservation Rule’s application to Alaska. The Supreme Court won’t review the Ninth Circuit’s reversal of the attempt to exempt the Tongass National Forest from the rule. Whew – glad that’s finally over. But wait, there’s an election coming, and roadless rule opponents are thinking about that:
“And then the other thing is we could just get a … federal administration that’s friendly toward responsible resource development and they can just rescind the rule because it’s an administrative rule. It’s nothing that Congress passed.” (Owen Graham of the Alaska Forest Association)
And why stop with Alaska; rescind the entire roadless rule. And why not replace the 2012 Planning Rule, too? The possibilities are endless.