(WY NEWS SERVICE) -- The 10th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals upheld the Roadless Conservation Rule for U.S. Forests this month, something that the state of Wyoming claimed would limit the economy.
Wildlife biologist Erik Molvar says one way of looking at the decision could help the economy. Molvar says roadless areas are some of the most dense areas for hunting elk.
Molvar says the ruling offers more than just hunting and recreation.
Following the decision, the state sued to overturn the it. The Colorado Mining Association joined Wyoming in saying that roadless areas are the same thing as wilderness and therefore illegal because only Congress can designate wilderness.
Molvar disagrees that roadless areas are needed for jobs and energy production.
Gov. Mead's office said it may be a few weeks before a decision or development on what comes next with the roadless rule. For now, Molvar says, go elk hunting.