Statement by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns Regarding Idaho's Intent to Pursue Roadless Area Conservation
"Today Governor Dirk Kempthorne announced that the State of Idaho will develop a petition to conserve and protect roadless areas.
"I commend Governor Kempthorne for his leadership in this area and look forward to working with him as he develops Idaho's petition for roadless area conservation. Governor Kempthorne is sending a clear message that we can work together to cooperatively conserve inventoried roadless areas within our national forests. USDA is committed to working closely with leaders in Idaho and in every state that contains roadless areas, to determine the best course of action. As federal/state partners, I have every confidence that we will successfully meet the needs of our local communities while protecting and restoring the health and natural beauty of our national forests.
"Governor Kempthorne's announcement demonstrates how we can succeed in cooperative conservation when we all work together."