Appeals court upholds roadless rule in forests

A federal appeals court today upheld a rule prohibiting roads on nearly 50 million acres of land in national forests across the United States, a ruling hailed by environmentalists as one of the most significant in decades. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule law after lawyers for the state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association contended it was a violation of the law.