Court upholds Sen. Risch's 2006 roadless plan
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Idaho’s roadless plan created in 2006.
"The Idaho Roadless Rule was a collaborative effort led by then-Governor Jim Risch and included the conservation groups Idaho Conservation League and Trout Unlimited, along with county commissioners, timber companies, hunters and recreation groups," said Brad Hoaglun with Sen. Risch's office. "The collaborative process and public hearings resulted in the creation of management plans for various tracts within the 9.3 million acres of inventoried roadless areas in Idaho."
“When I was Idaho’s governor, I clearly saw the need for strong leadership to bring together the different groups to come up with a plan for Idaho. The federally-mandated one-size-fits-all approach had not worked. But in our collaborative effort we were successful in crafting a plan written by Idahoans, for Idahoans,” said Risch. “Working with groups like the Idaho Conservation League and Trout Unlimited, along with many other stakeholders, we crafted the only state plan in the nation that protects our land and helps rural communities.”