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Colorado pushing for its own roadless rule

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – Colorado officials are waiting for the federal government to decide whether the state can have its own roadless rule.

According to the Denver Post, the Obama administration will decide next month between the state rule and a national rule.

Under the proposed state rule, Colorado would restrict road-building and tree-cutting on more than 4 million acres of about 14 million acres of national forest in Colorado. The national rule would place an outright ban on roads on more than 4 million acres of national forest in Colorado.



Colorado’s plan would allow some roads for the expansion of coal mining and ski resorts. It also would allow for removal of beetle-killed trees near communities.