Feds release Colorado roadless forest plan | VailDaily.com

Feds release Colorado roadless forest plan

DENVER, Colorado ” Federal officials have released proposed rules for managing about 4 millions of roadless national forest land in Colorado as part of a state-federal plan that has drawn criticism from environmental, hunting and angling groups.

The draft plan released Friday includes three options, including the plan written by a Colorado task force and submitted to the U.S. Forest Service. The public will have until Oct. 23rd to comment on the plan and eight public houses will be held across the state.

State officials say the Colorado-crafted roadless plan is an insurance policy because of ongoing legal battles over a Clinton-era policy. Environmentalists say that rule is in effect nationwide and Colorado’s plan is less protective.

The draft environmental impact statement is posted on the U.S. Forest Service Web site at http://roadless.fs.fed.us/colorado.shtml.

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