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Heritage Forests Campaign News Release

April 7, 2003

Statement of Tiernan Sittenfeld, Spokesperson, Heritage Forests Campaign and U.S. PIRG, On 9th Circuit Court Decision in favor of Roadless Rule Process

WASHINGTON -- "The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the State of Idahoís and Boise Cascade Corporationís petitions for rehearing and for en banc consideration of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule case. By refusing to rehear the case, the entire 9th Circuit has upheld its December 12th decision that the lower courtís injunction against the roadless rule was an abuse of discretion. This decision further confirms that the roadless rule is legally sound.

"This decision reaffirms the will of the American people who have submitted 2.2 million public comments in support of the roadless rule.

"Now that the 9th Circuit has made its decision, the Bush Administrationís Forest Service should move forward with implementing the roadless rule as originally adopted.

"Adopted in January 2001, the Roadless Area Conservation Rule protects 58.5 million acres of national forest lands from most commercial logging and road-building."

View a copy of the December 12, 2002 9th Circuit Ruling.

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For More Information, Contact: Tiernan Sittenfeld, U.S. PIRG and HFC Co-coordinator, 202-422-6796 (cell) or Niel Lawrence, NRDC

Contact: Tony Iallonardo, NET
(202) 887-8855

The Heritage Forests Campaign is an alliance of conservationists, wildlife advocates, clergy, educators, scientists, and other Americans working together to uphold protection of our National Forests. Heritage Forests Campaign's partners include Alaska Rainforest Coalition, American Hiking Society, Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, National Environmental Trust, National Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, US PIRG, and The Wilderness Society.

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