What did the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule Do?
Prohibits new road construction and reconstruction in inventoried
roadless areas on National Forest System lands, except:
To protect health and safety in cases of an imminent threat of
flood, fire, or other catastrophic event that, without intervention,
would cause the loss of life or property.
To conduct environmental clean up required by federal law.
To allow for reserved or outstanding rights provided for by statute
To prevent irreparable resource damage by an existing road.
To rectify existing hazardous road conditions.
Where a road is part of a Federal Aid Highway project.
Where a road is needed in conjunction with the continuation,
extension, or renewal of a mineral lease on lands that are under
lease, or for new leases issued immediately upon expiration of an
cutting, sale, and removal of timber in inventoried roadless areas,
For the cutting, sale, or removal of generally small diameter trees
which maintains or improves roadless characteristics and:
habitat for threatened, endangered, proposed, or sensitive
or restore ecosystem composition and structure, such as reducing
the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire effects.
When incidental to the accomplishment of a management activity not
otherwise prohibited by this rule.
For personal or administrative use.
Where roadless characteristics have been substantially altered in a
portion of an inventoried roadless area due to the construction of a
classified road and subsequent timber harvest occurring after the
area was designated an inventoried roadless area and prior to the
publication date of this rule.
Applies immediately to the Tongass National Forest. Includes a
transition provision that allows projects that have published a Notice
of Availability for a draft environmental impact statement by the date
of publication of the Final Rule to continue.
USDA Forest Service