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2001 Roadless Rule should be preserved

Why, when there is an excellent effort to protect the last strongholds of the pristine American forest with the Roadless Area Conservation Rule adopted in 2001, does the Bush administration push to repeal existing protection for Colorado’s forests and throughout the nation. To support commercial timber harvesters, that’s why. I enjoy hiking the trails that we have nearby, such as the Gore Creek and Deluge Lake trails. It is good that they are pretty steep so we will not likely see any roads in that area.Of course, the Gore Range and the Gore Creek drainage in the White River National Forest was fortunately spared the ravages of Interstate 70 which was diverted over Vail Pass. But there are other areas in these great forests around us that will be open to the ravages that roads create – soil disturbance, erosion, air and water pollution, and disruption of the habitat of animal communities and plant species.Haven’t we done enough damage to our area already? Let’s push to stop this Bush administration repeal of existing protections for Colorado’s forests and appeal to the U.S. Forest Service to continue to respect the Roadless Rule.

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