Roadless areas threatened |

Roadless areas threatened

Dear Editor:

I’m writing to let everyone who enjoys the backcountry know that our roadless areas are once again under threat, and the deadline for comments on this issue is Monday, Feb. 25.

Many will recall the big public outcry about roadless areas in 2006, when 400 people packed a public hearing in Glenwood Springs and 95 percent of people who submitted comments asked for full protections of roadless areas in Colorado.

The issue has been working its way through the bureaucracy and the courts ever since. Unfortunately in Colorado it has taken a bad turn. It’s too long a story to tell here, but suffice to say that because of politics and bad timing, Colorado, whose residents overwhelmingly supported existing roadless protections, is now one of only two states that is considering weakening those protections.

Please tell the Forest Service that Colorado’s roadless areas deserve no less protection than those in other states.

You can e-mail your comments to For more information, see the alert at the Wilderness Workshop’s website,

Dave Reed

Wilderness Workshop


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