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MDH33
11-06-2006, 08:31 AM
Article on the Denver Channel this morning about the Roadless Rule. Not sure of the implications since the RR was recently reinstated via court order.


TheDenverChannel.com
Owens Still Undecided On Colorado Roadless Ruling

POSTED: 5:06 am MST November 6, 2006
DENVER -- Gov. Bill Owens still has at least one more major decision to make before the end of his term.

The governor said he'll announce his decision next week on what to do about Colorado's roadless areas. Protected from road development since the Clinton Administration, the wild areas under a new federal proposal could again be opened up for new roads.

Oil and gas companies said they need the new roads to reach new resources deep in the wilderness. Conservationists said the areas should remain wild.

A panel of experts studied the issue for more than a year before issuing its recommendations to the governor in September. A spokesman said Owens will take those recommendations seriously.

Owens ultimately doesn't have the final say. His findings will be reviewed by the National Forest Service, which controls access to 4.4 million Colorado acres in question.

Red_Chili
11-06-2006, 09:56 AM
The reinstatement is also being challenged by Wyoming IIRC. So that could roll back some joy on the part of the anti-access crowd.