04/08/2010 - Gov. Bill Ritter submitted a revised state petition to the federal government Tuesday on managing millions of acres of remote national forest land in Colorado that detractors say doesn't adequately protect the areas.
But state officials say the plan will provide better protection for roadless forest lands than a 2001 Clinton-era policy supported by many environmentalists.
Jane Danowitz, director of the U.S. public lands program of the Pew Environment Group, said Tuesday that the state plan is a "step backward" and USDA's support of the plan is contradictory.
"At the same time the administration is defending the roadless rule in court, it is supporting a plan that circumvents the rule's protections," she said.
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