Colorado wants to revise plan for roadless areas |

Colorado wants to revise plan for roadless areas

DENVER, Colorado – Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter says the state is drawing up changes to its draft plan for managing roadless areas and will seek additional public comment and review this summer.

Ritter told the U.S. Forest Service on Monday that Colorado has unique needs because it has to combat a bark beetle epidemic and promote and protect its travel and natural resource industries.

The proposed Colorado roadless rule, published in July 2008, would create a permanent conservation framework for 4.1 million acres of roadless land within the 11 national forests in the state.

Since then, the state has been working with the Forest Service and the public on improvements to the draft.

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