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Federal panel weighs in on Colo. forest plan

DENVER ” A federal panel has expressed concerns about Colorado’s plan to manage about 4 million acres of roadless national forest land, but a state official says new recommendations could be still be incorporated.

State natural resources deputy director Mike King says the plan submitted to federal officials is still subject to debate during a 90-day public comment period.

Environmental, hunting and fishing groups have criticized the plan because temporary roads would be allowed in some of roadless areas for livestock grazing, wildfire prevention and some utility infrastructure.



They want the state to yank its plan and follow a Clinton-era policy they say offers more protection.

Colorado drafted its roadless plan under a Bush administration rule that replaced President Clinton’s road-building ban.



A federal judge overturned the rule in 2006.


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