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editor's note: What follows is about Wild West activist Aaron Kindle's project to protect roadless areas in Idaho.

The Forest Service is accepting comments on the draft plan for Idaho's roadless areas until April 7, 2008. So even if you can't make Howie's program please send comments to:

Roadless Area Conservation-Idaho

PO Box 162909

Sacramento, CA 95816-2909

or email:

You can learn more at:

Or contact the WildWest Institute at 542.7343

Or email

Background information:

Idaho is blessed with over 9.3 million acres

of roadless, backcountry national forest

areas. In 2001, the national Roadless Area

Conservation Rule was developed to

protect all remaining national forest

roadless areas around the country.

Unfortunately, within days of taking office

the Bush Administration set out to

dismantle this rule and replace it with a

state by state process in an attempt to

assert state power over federal lands and

open up our remaining wildlands to

roadbuilding, logging and mining.

While the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the original Roadless Rule and reasserted it as law, the Bush Administration, Forest Service and Governor of Idaho are still needlessly moving forward with efforts to weaken protections for nearly 6 millions of acres of roadless lands in Idaho by allowing logging, mining and other damages to some of the last remaining pristine landscapes in the US and the world.

Doug Idaho Roadless