Ruling Rejects Bush's Forest Plans

Bush administration plans for managing national forests were dealt a setback by a federal court ruling that revives a logging and road-building ban, could halt some road building in Idaho and threaten timber sales in Alaska.


``Unlike the resource destruction that attends development, and that is bound to have permanent repercussions, restrictions on forest development and human intervention can be removed if later proved to be more harmful than helpful,'' Judge Ronald M. Gould wrote.

Judge Andrew M. Kleinfeld dissented, saying the roadless rule increases fire dangers by making remote areas less accessible and should be blocked.

The case is Kootenai Tribe v. Veneman, 01-35472.