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Read All About It:
Look below for articles and important documents about the Montana Roadless Process.

Contents:
County Commissioner Roadless Recommendations
Montana Attorney General, Mike McGrath Files Amicus Brief
Letters from Political Leaders
Facts & Info
In the Montana Press
What's Happening Nationally?

County Commissioner Roadless Recommendations: (PDF version)


Montana Attorney General, Mike McGrath Files Amicus Brief 2/24/06:
Read McGrath’s Amicus Brief in support of a lawsuit to reinstate the 2001 roadless rule



Letters from Political Leaders
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Letter from Gov. Schweitzer to President Bush

Administrative Response from President Bush



Facts and Info
:

Roads and the Cost of Road-Building and Road Maintenance

Values of Inventoried Roadless Areas in Montana, compiled by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, July 2005



In the Montana Press:

Hunting groups honor attorney general, The Montana Standard, 09/9/06

Local businesses call on governor, Bigfork Eagle, 9/6/06

Sportsmen pay (a lot) to play, The Missoulian, 6/17/06

Number of the week: 2.9 billion, Great Falls Tribune, 6/10/06

Hundreds of Montana Businesses Voice Support for National Forest Backcountry3/23/06

Scientists ask governor to maintain roadless areas,3/9/06

President's roadless plan protested, Billings Gazette, 3/6/06

Demonstration aims to show importance of roadless areas, Tribune Capitol Bureau, 3/5/06

AG McGrath urges court to reinstate roadless area protections, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 2/28/06

State Backs Roadless Rule, Helena Indepentent Record, 2/27/06

Montana Roadless Working Group launches Web site, Helena Independent Record, 02/10/06

Gov. Schweitzer's follow-up letter to County Commissioners, 12/13/05

Commissioners want status quo for roadless areas, Helena IR State Bureau, 11/29/2005

Gov. Schweitzer's letter to County Commissioners, 10/26/05

Governor To Hold Roadless Rule Meetings Across Montana, Press Release, 7/7/2005

Schweitzer focuses roadless-area meeting on existing roads only, Great Falls Tribune, 3/29/2005



What's Happening Nationally:


South Carolina Governor Petitions to Keep Backcountry areas Roadless (4/19/06)

View the South Carolina Roadless Petition

New Mexico Gov. Richardson wrote to Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth this week asking that no projects move forward in his state's roadless backcountry areas until he files his petition for backcountry area management and the established process plays itself out. See http://www.ourforests.org/brokenground/docs/Bosworth_Dale.pdf (3/31/06)

The Heritage Forests Campaign released a report showing that dozens of projects are in the works for backcountry roadless areas, despite a promise from the Forest Service to wait until the state petitioning is completed.
See http://www.ourforests.org/brokenground/index.html (3/31/06)

Leaders in the multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation equipment and apparel industry have sent a letter to the U.S. Forest Service requesting roadless backcountry lands to remain the way they are and for any current or proposed development projects in these areas to be withdrawn. See http://www.ourforests.org/brokenground/business_support.html (3/31/06)