Short casts: Roadless battle over?; EPA cuts; salmon sex, and more

Some of America's wildest lands should staty that way if a legal decision last month in Washington has any staying power. The U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia threw out the state of Alaska's last-ditch effort to undermine the 2001 Roadless Rule, which protects some 50 million acres of public lands, including Alaska's Tongass National Forest, the nation's largest and, I would argue, fishiest.

The court decision could well be the last legal hurdle the Roadless Rule needs to clear—in every court challenge over the last 16 years, American public opinion and the steadfast will of conservation groups across the country (including TU) have prevailed. It's a big public lands victory during a time when public lands are continuously under threat from special interests and state and federal lawmakers. One factor has remained consistent, however: American love their public lands, and they're not afraid to let lawmakers know. 

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said on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

I am not familiar with the specifics of the Roadless Rule, but mentioning it brings to mind the arguments (and in many cases rants) against facilitating the use of automobiles in national parks that were made by Edward Abbey in his classic book, Desert Solitaire, published in 1968.  Safe to say, Abbey was a "champion" ahead of his time.  


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