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Forest Service Publishes New Colorado National Forest Rule for Comment

Posted by nationalforestlawblog on April 21, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Forest Service has issued a new proposal to provide management direction for conserving and managing roadless areas on National Forest System lands in Colorado.  PROPOSED REGULATIONS

FOREST SERVICE (FS)

 

Special areas, roadless area conservation, applicability to the national forests in Colorado: Notice of proposed rulemaking, published April 15, 2011, written comments by July 14, 2011

The Forest Service proposes to establish a state-specific rule to provide management direction for conserving and managing inventoried roadless areas on National Forest System (NFS) lands in Colorado. In response to public comment on a 2008 proposed rule and a 2010 revised petition from Colorado, the agency publishes a new proposed rule.

The agency requests public comment on this new proposed rule and revised draft environmental impact statement. The agency is interested in public comments on the changes to exceptions and prohibitions on activities in roadless areas developed in response to public comments on the 2008 proposed rule, and on the concept, management, and rationale for designation of specific areas within Colorado Roadless Areas identified as “upper tier.” In this proposed rule, these areas are provided a higher level of protection than in the 2001 Roadless Rule.

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