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Roadless area conservation is an conservation-related term that refers to the prohibition of road construction in wilderness areas. A law that supports roadless area conservation is often referred to as a roadless rule. Conservation may refer to the following: Conservation ethic in relation to preserving ecosystems Conservationist Conservation movement Conservation ecology Conservation biology Energy conservation in reducing non-renewable energy consumption Conservation law of physics Conservation of energy Conservation of mass Conservation (genetics) in genetics Conservation (botany) in botanical nomenclature Conservation (psychology) in... This page is related to transport; you may be looking for the 2002 Bollywood movie Road. ... Broadly, a wilderness area is a region where the land is left in a state where human modifications are minimal; that is, as a wilderness. ...

In the United States, roadless rules may prohibit non-official motorized traffic for a number of reasons, including the protection of endangered species [1], as well as for aesthetic purposes. The endangered Sea Otter An endangered species is a population of organisms (usually a taxonomic species), which because it is either (a) few in number or (b) threatened by changing environmental or predation parameters, it is at risk of becoming extinct. ...

Alaska's Denali National Park[2] is prized for its expansive roadless area; there is only one 90-mile access road into the park, and only official vehicles are permitted after 15 miles. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Denali National Park Denali National Park and Preserve is located in Interior Alaska and contains Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America. ...


Opposition to roadless rules

Roadless area conservation is not without its critics, especially among off-road vehicle enthusiasts, as well as mining and lumber industry proponents. An off-road vehicle is considered to be any type of vehicle which is capable of driving off any paved or gravel surface. ... Chuquicamata, the largest open pit copper mine in the world, Chile. ... Lumber is the name used, generally in North America, for wood that has been cut into boards or other shapes for the purpose of woodworking or construction. ...

Political conflict in the U.S.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is known for banning road-construction in one-third of U.S. National Parks, and current U.S. President George W. Bush is known for introducing a regulation that instead forced states to petition the federal government when roadless areas are wanted. William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American businessman and politician, was elected in 2000 as the 43rd President of the United States of America, re-elected in 2004, and is currently serving his second term in that office. ... Look up Petition in Wiktionary, the free dictionary A petition is a request to an authority, most commonly a government official or public entity. ...

Recently, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Laporte ruled against a plan to eliminate Clinton's federal mandate, and said that the Bush administration's rule "established a new regime in which management of roadless areas within the national forests would, for the first time, vary not just forest by forest but state by state. This new approach raises a substantial question about the rule's potential effect on the environment.[3]"

Roadless area conservation in literature

A notable American proponent of roadless wilderness areas was writer Edward Abbey in his book Desert Solitaire. In his essay Industrial Tourism and the National Parks, Abbey describes road-construction as "unnecessary or destructive development" and the loss of wilderness as a consequences of what he called industrial tourism: where once-secluded natural areas become popularized and degraded. Edward Paul Abbey (January 29, 1927 - March 14, 1989) was an American author and essayist noted for his criticism of public land policies and advocacy of environmental issues. ... Desert Solitaire is a Literary nonfiction work by Edward Abbey (1927-89), published originally in 1968, and arguably his best book. ... Natural is defined as of or relating to nature; this applies to both definitions of nature: essence (ones true nature) and the untouched world (force of nature). Natural is often used meaning good, healthy, or belonging to human nature. This use can be questioned, as many freely growing plants... Environmental degradation refers to the diminishment of a local ecosystem or the biosphere as a whole due to human activity. ...

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