An appeals court in Denver has upheld a ban on development on nearly fifty million acres of “roadless” national forest lands that dates back to the Clinton Administration, but it’s not yet clear how the ruling will effect Colorado’s proposed Roadless Rule which is currently under consideration by the Obama Administration.
A ninety day public comment period on Colorado’s latest proposal for managing roadless National Forest lands ends Thursday. The current plan has sparked criticism from both sides of the political spectrum.
Conservationists are raising concerns that a proposed “roadless rule” for managing rugged National Forest lands could threaten drinking water supplies in Colorado. A report released this morning criticizes the Obama Administration’s plan for Colorado’s roadless lands that offers some exceptions for coal mine and ski resort expansions.
The US Forest Service is launching a slate of public meetings around the region on Colorado’s proposed Roadless Rule. It’s a sweeping plan that would ban most development on over four million acres of remote National Forest lands in the state. It's sparked controversy from industry groups, as well as conservationists who want a national management rule. But Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Rick Cables tells KUNC’s Kirk Siegler that much has changed since the original 2001 national Roadless Rule came about.