Earlier this year the Secretary of Agriculture created a "time out" on development in roadless areas, a step towards keeping the promises of President Obama to uphold the 2001 Roadless Rule. However, is the Obama administration now moving backwards on roadless protections? OregonLive.com takes up the question:
"This interim directive will provide consistency and clarity that will help protect our national forests until a long-term roadless policy reflecting President Obama's commitment is developed," Vilsack, who oversees the U.S. Forest Service, said at the time.
Now it appears the administration is backing away from that directive, if only a little.
This month, the Agriculture Department returned to the Forest Service the authority to undertake certain projects in roadless forests without the secretary's approval.
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