Defining State's Forests

Publication: The Denver Post

Author: Mark Jaffe

08/28/2008 - The battle over the proposed rule to govern roadless areas in Colorado's eight national forests has turned into a war of words.

Throughout the proposed rule are phrases such as "potential catastrophic event" and "treatment action" that critics say are vague and could open roadless areas to development.

At stake is the fate of at least 300,000 acres of roadless forest that could be open to logging, oil and gas wells, coal-mining roads and ski resort development, according to a consortium of conservation groups.

"The language is too loose, and that's the kind of thing that leads to litigation," said Jane Danowitz, public-lands director for the Pew Environment Group.

Read the full article Defining State's Forests at The Denver Post's Web site.

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