Laramie, Wy – The Clinton era roadless rule was first proposed ten years ago this week as a way to save money. Mike Dombeck who was forest service chief at the time was concerned about the maintenance costs of keeping up the many roads built in forests. He says it was costing taxpayers too much and something needed to be done.
Dombeck argues that the rule was studied extensively and over a million and a half people commented on it. He contends that those who continue to oppose the rule simply want the forests open for timbering and possibly mining. Dombeck says he is proud to have protected over three million acres of forests in Wyoming.