The Wall Street Journal looks at how Elko county officials in Nevada and the U.S. Forest Service have clashed "over a desolate road in test of Bush land policy." The story reports on the attempts of the federal agency to permanently close a 1.5 stretch of the South Canyon Road in order to prevent potential harm to a nearby river, while local officials are determined to reopen the road. The author sheds light on "the long-running record by state and local officials to wrest control of the region's vast public lands from the federal government." A major finding is that "the South Canyon case could serve as a precedent for thousands of similar road disputes between local and federal officials in ... Alaska, Oregon, Idaho and Utah."
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