When President Clinton signed the US Forest Service Roadless Areas bill, it set off a firestorm of criticism and legal challenges by mining and other development interests claiming it began treating regular forest service land like it was wilderness land which has many restrictions on it.
Two federal courts upheld the bill but the Colorado Mining Association has kept at it. It filed an appeal of an appeals court ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The story in the Oregonian. Click here.