Roads can have damaging impacts on the health of the land and can put species at risk, including our own. To limit the deleterious impacts of roads and vehicles on public land, the US government has taken steps to preserve lands without roadless areas. Broads work to protect roadless areas and keep vehicles on designated roads or trails only.
Roadless Areas – Keeping it Wild
The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, signed by President Clinton in 2001, was intended to preserve the nation’s remaining US Forest Service roadless areas that had not been designated as wilderness by Congress. Roadless BLM lands are preserved through designation as Wilderness Study Areas or identified as Lands with Wilderness Characteristics. Both are to be managed so as not to impair their wilderness character to keep them eligible for future designation as wilderness.
Roadless areas provide important benefits:
- Clean water and healthy watersheds.
- Habitat for threatened and endangered species.
- Large, undisturbed intact areas that enhance biodiversity and provide wildlife freedom of movement, migration corridors, and room for flora and fauna to adapt to a changing climate.