Work continues on Colorado roadless plan |

Work continues on Colorado roadless plan

DENVER, Colorado ” Colorado state officials, environmentalists, hunters and anglers are in Washington working on a final version of a plan to manage about 4 million acres of roadless national forest land scattered across the state.

But Mike King, deputy director of the state Department of Natural Resources, said Monday the plan might not be completed by the time the Bush administration leaves office.

Conservationists have urged Gov. Bill Ritter to withdraw Colorado’s plan, which they say is full of loopholes that would endanger wildlife habitat and watersheds. They support a 2001 rule that declared 58.5 million acres of forest land nationwide off-limits to development.

But Ritter has called the state plan an insurance policy because of conflicting federal court decisions: one upholds the 2001 rule, another throws it out.

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