Facts about Roadless Areas

America’s national forests are already covered with 386,000 miles of roads — enough to circle the earth 15 times, and nationally there is a backlog of road repairs that amounts to $8.4 billion. (in our region 9,500 logging roads – double that of the interstate in AL, GA, NC, SC, TN and VA)

The vast majority of respondents in the Southern Appalachians—some 97%—were in favor of providing protection for these areas so favored for hunting, fishing, hiking and camping.

Over the past 20 years, the nation as a whole lost 2.8 million acres of roadless areas.

Roadless areas provide crucial protection for trout streams and drinking water sources.

Roadless areas provide crucial interior forest habitat for many migratory songbirds such as the Cerulean warbler.  Many of these songbirds are experiencing population declines associated with disappearance of large, undisturbed forested tracts.

Because the vast majority of timber is harvest from private forests (98%) and because the act effects only 15% of our National Forest, no significant impact on regional timber production is expected.

 

*From Southern Environmental Law Center