WASHINGTON - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Deb Callahan today issued the following statement on the Bush administration's repeal of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule:
"By finalizing its repeal of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, the Bush administration is once again selling out to the logging and timber industry instead of siding with the American people, who want to protect our last wild forests.
To date, the Forest Service has received a record-breaking four million public comments in support of the rule, which was enacted in January 2001 to protect 58.5 million acres of our wild forests from logging and road construction. The rule also enjoys broad support among members of Congress, governors, local officials, businesses, hunters and anglers, scientists, economists, and religious organizations.
The Bush administration is continuing to prioritize the profits of the timber industry at the expense of many important conservation values, including clean drinking water, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. It's time to stop the outrageous assaults on our national forests."