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Governor Schwarzenegger Pledges To Keep Wilderness Closed

Sacramento, CA — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says millions of acres of protected wilderness land will remain untouched, although the Bush administration recently announced plans to open wilderness areas to road development by reversing the Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

The governor issued a statement yesterday, saying he is committed to protecting California forests and that roadless areas will remain that way.

Thirty-eight states have been given 18 months to come up with their own wilderness land use plans. These states can decide to submit petitions to the Federal Forest Service. If no petition is filed, the areas would be opened for construction .

The White House plan reverses the Roadless Area Conservation Rule signed into law by President Clinton.