Conservation Groups Petition The Supreme Court To Ensure The Integrity Of The Roadless Inventory

On behalf of several conservation organizations and individuals, we filed a petition for certiorari asking the United States Supreme Court to review our challenge to the Forest Service’s dramatic shift in how it classifies roadless areas in the nation’s roadless inventory.  In the Colorado Roadless Rule, the Forest Service departed from four decades of uniform agency policy and practice by applying political and economic factors to roadless inventory classification decisions, thereby transforming the process from an objective and empirical one into an arbitrary, politically driven one based on which industry applies the most pressure to the Forest Service.  However, the Forest Service never even acknowledged that it was deviating from its past policy and practice, nor did the agency solicit public comment on this radical shift.  As the petition explains, the Supreme Court’s review is necessary to avoid conflict with longstanding administrative law precedents issued by the U.S. Supreme Court and various federal courts of appeal.  The petition can be accessed here.