Roadless Values

Inventoried roadless areas provide ecological and social value, characteristics which are becoming scarce in our nation’s increasingly developed landscape. Roadless areas protect air and water quality, preserve biodiversity, and ensure opportunities for recreation and personal renewal. Conserving inventoried roadless areas leaves a legacy of natural areas for future generations.

The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, as published in the Federal Register on January 12, 2001, limits or prohibits activities that would most negatively affect these values. It was developed to provide regulations for long-term conservation for roadless areas in national forests that were first inventoried in the mid-to-late 1970’s through the RARE I & II evaluations (Roadless Area Review and Evaluation).

The Values of Roadless Areas:

  • Secure Wildlife Habitat
  • Ensure Healthy Watersheds
  • Offer World-class Backcountry Recreation

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