Roadless Area Rule Law and Legal Definition

The Roadless Area Conservation Rule is an administrative rule that was issued by the U.S. Forest Service in January 2001 to protect the last remaining wildlands in our national forest system. It prohibits virtually all road building and logging in about one-third of the national forest system's total acreage.

In May 2005, the Bush administration announced final plans to repeal the Roadless Area Conservation Rule. The Bush administration has said it will create a process whereby governors can petition the Forest Service to protect roadless areas in their states.