Court Denies Request For Roadless Rule Rehearing

DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected Wyoming’s request for it to reconsider a decision upholding a 2001 rule barring development on millions of acres roadless areas in national forests.

Last year, a three-judge panel of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the 2001 rule passed under former President Bill Clinton. On Thursday, the court denied Wyoming’s request for a rehearing.

Wyoming had argued that the definition of roadless lands is synonymous with wilderness lands, and that the 1964 Wilderness Act states that only Congress can designate wilderness lands.

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