A new state policy that recently went into effect has removed nearly all protection to over 400,000 acres of national forest, and has opened millions of acres of roadless forests to construction, logging and mining across Idaho. The policy has been denounced by the Wilderness Society, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and other regional and national conservation groups. The policy leaves a vital national forest vulnerable to a host of environmentally damaging activities.
The new policy was enabled by the Bush administration, which pushed for a new Idaho-specific rule that now replaces the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule—an act that protected over 58 million acres in 44 states.
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