Well, one of the things with the 2001 Roadless Rule, because it’s been in a state of flux for the last ten years is that we have never been able to move forward and use the exemptions that are in the 2001 rule. And so you’re correct that when it comes to building roads for timber harvests there are definitely restrictions. But there are also exemptions that allow us to put in transmission corridors, that allow us to construct – in my view – these hydroelectric plants. Each one would have to be looked at on its own merits, without any question that we would probably require more helicopter access with the transmission corridors, et cetera.
— Tom Tidwell, head of the Forest Service, via KCAW
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