Wisely, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued a directive requiring the Forest Service not to implement, without prior approval from his office, any projects in roadless areas within our National Forest lands. This common sense directive will help ensure that the remaining wild areas in our National Forests stay protected until pending litigation and rule-makings are resolved. It applies to road building and timber harvesting in undeveloped national forestland and is precisely what Chairman Bingaman and two dozen other Senators urged Vilsack to do in a letter they sent this spring (see below).
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