08/04/2009 - Gov. Bill Ritter's administration on Monday floated an updated state plan for managing national forest roadless areas — and immediately drew fire from environmental and sportsmen's groups pressing for stricter protection.
The latest proposal makes allowances for road-building specified in Community Wildfire Protection Plans. It also makes exceptions for water supply, mining and power companies.
"Colorado's plan falls seriously short of the standard," said Jane Danowitz, public lands director at the Pew Environment Group think tank in Washington, D.C. "These are the last wild forests."
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