Statement, Press Release

Statement of Jane Danowitz, U.S. Public Lands Program Director at Pew Environment Group, on the Latest Development in Protecting Colorado's Roadless Forests

Jane Danowitz today issued the following statement in reaction to a letter from the state of Colorado asking the U.S. Forest Service not to finalize the Colorado Roadless forest rule.

“Governor Ritter made the right call to ask the Bush Administration not to issue its proposed rule regarding Colorado's national forest roadless areas until the rule's serious flaws can be fixed.  With 4.4 million acres of the state's best backcountry on the line, there's no need to rush through a rule that, among other things, would allow roughly 100 new oil and gas leases to move forward in these pristine areas. It's wise to wait.”

For a copy of the letter, please visit the Heritage Forest Campaign at www.ourforests.org.

The Pew Environment Group is the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-governmental organization headquartered in the United States that applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improving public policy, informing the public and stimulating civic life.

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