Issue Position: Energy & Environment - Roadless Policy
I strongly support roadless initiatives. Shortly before leaving office in January 2001, President Clinton issued new regulations that would protect 60 million acres of national forest from logging and road construction. Damage to the forest ecosystems, especially by road construction, affects the natural habitat of wildlife, the earth's environmental balance, and the enjoyment many experience from pristine wilderness areas. President Bush has promised to allow new rules to go forward, but instead of a blanket rule protecting the 60 million acres, he has also promised the U.S. Forest Service and western lawmakers more input in determining what rules are best for protecting the roadless areas.