Court ruling outlaws roads, development on forest lands

In response to lawsuits filed in 2006 by environmentalist groups such as Defenders of the Earth and the Center for Biological Diversity, the US Forest Service has declared 10,000 acres of the San Bernadino National Forest off limits to road construction and other economic development. In 2009 a federal judge ruled that the Forest Service did not adequately protect the land in question in which the lawsuits were filed in response to the agency declaring the disputed forest areas open for development.

The environmentalist groups involved in this case have more than enough money to buy the land in question from the Forest Service and turned it into a private preserve. Instead, they resort to lawsuits in order to achieve their aim of halting human flourishing since economic development is involved.