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Road obliteration

A form of road decommissioning that re-contours and restores natural slopes.

Road realignment

Activities that result in a new location for an existing road or portions of an existing road, including treatment of the old roadway.

Road reconstruction

Activities that result in road realignment or road improvement,

Road-based recreation

Activities that are normally associated with classified roads and are consistent with the settings and experiences identified with Semi-Primitive Motorized (SPM), Roaded Natural (RN), Rural (R), and Urban (U) classes of the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum. Examples of these activities include car camping and picnicking, gathering berries and firewood, driving for pleasure, wildlife viewing, and OHV use.

Roaded Natural (RN)

A definition used in the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) to characterize an area that has predominantly natural-appearing environments with moderate evidences of the sights and sounds of humans. Such evidences are usually in harmony with the natural environment. Interaction between users may be low to moderate, but evidence of other users is prevalent. Resource modification and practices are evident but harmonize with the natural environment. Conventional motorized use is provided for in construction standards and facilities design.

Roadless Area Conservation Rule of 2001

A regulation adopted by the Forest Service that generally prohibited road construction and commercial logging within national forest inventoried roadless areas. Roadless areas on National Forest System lands that were inventoried by the Forest Service in 1979. The Roadless Rule was repealed and replaced with a voluntary state petition process on May 13, 2005.

Roadless Area Review and Evaluation (RARE II)

The national inventory of roadless and undeveloped areas within the National Forests and Grasslands.

Roadless areas

For the purposes of an EIS or EA, a generic term that includes inventoried roadless area and unroaded areas.

Roadless characteristics

Roadless area characteristics include the following: Soil, water, and air, Sources of public drinking water, Diversity of plant and animal communities Habitat for threatened, endangered, proposed, candidate, and sensitive species, and for those species dependent on large, undisturbed areas of land Primitive, Semi-Primitive Non-Motorized, and Semi-Primitive Motorized classes of recreation opportunities, Reference landscapes, Landscape character and scenic integrity, Traditional cultural properties and sacred sites, and Other locally identified unique characteristics


Record of Decision (for an EIS)