Dear Forest Service Chief Bosworth:
In response to the public comment period (Docket # 04-161913), I strongly oppose the proposal to repeal the Roadless Area Conservation Rule.
The Roadless Rule is a balanced policy that was finalized after years of scientific study, 600 public hearings and a record number of public comments, which overwhelmingly support protecting roadless areas through the rule.
The Roadless Rule is a vital tool for protecting our national forests from harmful and costly road-building and commercial logging.
I urge you to abandon this proposal and keep the Roadless Area Conservation Rule intact in the Lower 48 states and Alaska's Chugach National Forest, and reinstate the rule in the Tongass National Forest.
Thank you for consideration of my comments on this crucial issue.