More than a dozen Georgia roadless areas are expected to get new protections. A federal judge has upheld a Clinton-era ban on new roads on federal land. The ruling affects more than a dozen areas in North Georgia's Chattahoochee National Forest. The decision clears the way for the Obama administration to start enforcing the so-called "roadless rule."
Federal officials want to manage national forests with climate change in mind. That's one of the many goals of a proposed massive overhaul of the way the National Forest Service manages public land. It's the first major change in forest management practices in almost 30 years.