Hailing today's unanimous ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding Idaho's national forest roadless rule, GOP Sen. Jim Risch, who helped draft the measure, called the legislation a plan "written by idahoans, for Idahoans."
"Working with groups like the Idaho Conservation League and Trout Unlimited, along with many other stakeholders, we crafted the only state plan in the nation that protects our land and helps rural communities," Risch said this morning.
The three-judge panel rejected an appeal from the Wilderness Society, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and other environmental groups.
"The inclusive, thorough, and transparent process resulting in the challenged rule conformed to the demands of the law and is free of legal error," wrote the 9th Circuit in today's ruling.
The roadless rule covers more than 9 million acres of inventoried roadless areas in Idaho.