Midnight deadline for roadless comments | SummitDaily.com

Midnight deadline for roadless comments


SUMMIT COUNTY – Tonight at midnight is the deadline for comments regarding President Bush’s proposed revision to the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.Environmentalists say the proposal would open up designated roadless areas to logging, drilling and other commercial ventures. Proponents of the revision say it would open the lands up to those who like to explore on the ever decreasing network of roads within the national forests. President Bill Clinton established the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule that protects more than 58.5 million acres of land. Colorado is home to 4.43 million of those acres, and 31 percent of them would be opened to the public under Bush’s proposal, according to The Wilderness Society.The new rule would require governors to petition the federal government to block road-building in roadless areas. Governors would have 18 months to petition the government. If they don’t petition for protection in that time, forest management would revert back to individual forest plans environmentalists say would allow roads and other development.Fax comments to (801) 517-1014 or e-mail them to statepetitionroadless@fs.fed.us.

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