Items starting with R

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 The Roadless Rule was repealed and replaced with a voluntary state petition process on May 13, 2005.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)

ROD (Record of Decision)

This type of decision is used when an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been produced. Decisions documented in a Record Of Decision are subject to administrative appeal.


Recreation Opportunity Spectrum


Timber and fuelwood prepared in the round state, such as house logs and telephone poles.


The portion of precipitation that flows over the land surface or in open channels.

Rural (R)

A definition used in the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) to characterize an area with a substantially modified natural environment. Sights and sounds of humans are readily evident, and the interaction between users is moderate to high. A considerable number of facilities are designed for use by large numbers of people. Facilities for intensified motorized use and parking are available.

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