Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Clinton Should Sign Roadless Area Policy.(Editorial Page)


There are few places in New Mexico where man wants to go that don't already have roads built to accommodate man's passage. That is the single most compelling fact in arguing for presidential approval of the Forest Service roadless area protection policy.

The policy was finalized after extensive public input in meetings and after polling across the country showed overwhelming support for protecting remaining roadless areas.

Two important points: One, the roadless initiative won't close any existing roads. Two, it only targets public land.

President Clinton has the proposed roadless plan on his desk for final action. It would be a fitting addition to his record of environmental conservation to adopt this policy. …

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