Tuesday, March 01, 2005


Arnold responds:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the status of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule. I am passionate about protecting California's natural resources. Preserving our land, air, and water will remain a central focus of my work as Governor.

The State of California has a keen interest in the management of all National Forest System lands-regardless of designation-under the stewardship of Region Five of the USDA Forest Service (USFS) in California. I believe that California's interests are best served when truly roadless areas remain roadless.

Due to pending legal questions about the status of existing roadless protections, I have taken strong action to ensure the safety of roadless areas in the Golden State. At my direction, Secretary for Resources, Mike Chrisman, has requested that the Forest Service undertake a rulemaking process for California that will result in a final Roadless Rule at least as protective as the existing rule. I am pleased to inform you that on January 27, 2005, the Forest Service agreed in writing to fulfill this request and finalize a rule to protect California's roadless areas.

Thank you for taking the time to write. California's uniqueness and beauty depends on concerned citizens like you who are invested in the future of this great State, its environment and its natural resources.


Arnold Schwarzenegger

We shall see if it is or isn't.


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