Hunters, anglers want Colorado to nix roadless plan
DENVER, Colorado ” Some hunters and anglers who supported Gov. Bill Ritter when he ran for office say he’s not living up to his pledge to protect Colorado’s 4 million acres of roadless national forest.
They’ve asked Ritter to withdraw Colorado’s roadless plan, which they say is full of loopholes that would endanger wildlife habitat. They support a 2001 rule that declared 58.5 million acres of forest land nationwide off-limits to development.
Ritter has said the state plan is an insurance policy because of conflicting federal court decisions: One upholds the 2001 rule, another throws it out.
State officials and conservationists met Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington with a federal panel that will make recommendations on the plan to the agriculture secretary.