July 16, 2004
July 16, 2004 -- In a news conference in Boise, Idaho, this week, Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced the reinstatement of an interim directive to conserve roadless areas and proposed a new rule that continues the cooperative conservation of roadless areas in national forest and grasslands.
The new rule sets a straightforward collaborative path to conserving roadless areas by working with the states on state-specific regulations and establishing a process for governors to work with the Forest Service to develop locally-supported rules for areas in their states.
?State governments are important partners in the stewardship of the nation?s land and natural resources,? stated Veneman. ?Strong state and federal cooperation in the management of roadless areas will foster strong local involvement and support for a final policy.?