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Colorado plans to stick with state roadless plan

Colorado officials are concerned about a potential loophole that could allow gas drilling in some roadless forests, but don’t plan to heed calls to scrap a state plan for managing 4 million acres of the backcountry.

Environmentalists, hunters and anglers have asked Gov. Bill Ritter to withdraw Colorado’s plan for managing national forest land declared off-limits to roads and development during the Clinton administration. They say the state plan is less protective than the Clinton-era rule, which was reinstated in 2006 after a federal judge in Wyoming overturned it.

The same judge threw out the rule again in August. Environmentalists are appealing the decision. Colorado officials say they want to have their own roadless plan because of the legal uncertainty.


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