The Feb. 8 Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that a judge has again chastised the Bush administration for violating federal law when it overturned the Clinton-era Roadless Rule. And she has issued an order protecting 52 million acres of federal roadless forest lands nationwide from roads or surface disturbance related to energy development.
Though it’s likely that feds and states will continue to litigate this good idea to death (why?), I’m going to celebrate by tucking into this great new volume of essays on the topic from intrepid roadless defenders Wildlands CPR just received at my office: A Road Runs Through It. “Road-ripping,” writes Annie Proulx in her foreword, “is a meaningful ritual that seeks to reestablish the correct order of the world.” Amen.