Denver Post 5/2/2012
Excerpt: ” DENVER—A final proposal for managing 4.2 million acres of roadless forest land in Colorado includes higher protection for 1.2 million of those acres, with even fewer exceptions for roads, power lines or other development, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told The Associated Press.
The 1.2 million acres is more than double what would’ve received so-called “upper-tier” protection under a draft proposal.
However, the final proposed rule that Vilsack is announcing Wednesday still would open a tiny percentage of Colorado’s 4.2 million acres of roadless forests to potential ski resort expansions and temporary roads for coal mining operations. It also allows for tree-thinning to lessen wildfire threats near homes. ….”
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