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Protecting America's National Forests, a report by the Heritage Forests Campaign

Over 250,000 Americans Ask Forest Service to Reinstate Forest Protections

Olympians Join Effort to End Bush Administration's Logging and Drilling Efforts

More than 250,000 Americans have formally petitioned the Bush administration to reinstate the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule and reverse one of the administration's most controversial environmental decisions. In an unprecedented move, conservationists, concerned Americans and over 100 current and former Olympians employed the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) to petition for a policy reversal.

This unusual step was necessary after the Bush administration failed to honor the overwhelming public support for retaining the 2001 rule evidenced during a public comment period drive. The petition announcement comes as pressure mounts in Congress, the courts and the general public to reinstate the protections that limited logging, drilling, and other destructive activities on nearly 60 million acres of wild national forests.

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