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Protect our forests

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor: Something very bad happened in our own back yard recently, and every valley resident should know about it. On Monday, the Bush administration announced a plan that will overturn the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, the landmark initiative enacted in 2001 to protect 58.5 million acres of national forest roadless areas from additional logging and road-building. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Venneman claims that, “Our actions today advance President Bush’s commitment to cooperatively conserving roadless areas on national forests.”In truth, their plan eliminates protection for America’s remaining unspoiled national forests – your forests. The Roaring Fork Valley is a premier destination resort because of the health and beauty of our nearby wilderness. Aspen Skiing Co. is emphatically opposed to changes in the roadless rule. Please join us in lobbying our elected officials to protect our forests! Pat O’Donnell president/CEO Aspen Skiing Co.


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