Tongass Roadless Rule Timeline

History of Roadless Rule Litigation

January 12, 2001
Roadless Rule Promulgated

9th Circuit Court

2001
Alaska Sues

2003
Alaska Settles With US Dept. of Justice

2003
US Dept. of Agriculture Promulgates Interim Rule Exempting the Tongass Nat’l Forest

2005
US Dept. of Agriculture Promulgates States’ Petition Rule

2006
District Court of California Enjoins State’s Petition Rule on NEPA and ESA Grounds
Tongass National Forest is Exempt

2009
9th Circuit Court Affirms District Court Decision
Tongass National Forest is Exempt

December 2009
OVK/Environmentalists Sue on 2003 Rule Exempting the Tongass Nat’l Forest

March 4, 2011
Alaska District Court Sets Aside Tongass Nat’l Forest Exemption

May 24, 2011
Judgment Issued in the 10th Circuit Court

2001
Wyoming Sues

2003
Wyoming District Court Enjoins Application of 2001 Roadless Rule on NEPA and Wilderness Act Grounds
Environmentalists Appeal to 10th Circuit Court

2005
10th Circuit Court Rules Case “Moot” Due to State’s Petition Rule

2008
Wyoming Reinstitutes Suit
Wyoming District Court Again Enjoins Roadless Rule on NEPA and Wilderness Act Grounds.
Appeal Pending in 10th Circuit Court