Feds hold meetings on Colo. roadless plan

DENVER — Federal officials are conducting a series of public meetings to discuss Colorado’s proposed plan for managing roadless areas in national forests.

The open houses start today at the U.S. Forest Service’s regional office in Golden. Public meetings are set to continue across Colorado through June 16.

Colorado and Idaho are the only states that petitioned federal officials with their own plans for roadless areas.

Colorado proposed its own rules for managing over 4 million acres of roadless national forest land. The revised version more than doubles the amount of land suggested for higher protection than what was offered under a 2001 proposal.

A 90-day public comment period on the proposed rules opened last month.

Environmental officials say they offer too many exceptions, especially for oil and gas drilling.


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