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Tell it to the forest chief

Dear Editor:Chief Bosworth and the U.S. Forest Service are poised to roll back the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule that is protecting the few un-roaded areas remaining throughout our public lands.The deadline for comments has been extended. The Colorado Mountain Club wishes us to join them in sending comments before Monday, Nov. 15, asking to preserve the Roadless Rule that is said to be the most popular conservation regulation in our history. The rule protects 4.43 million acres of unspoiled lands in Colorado alone and is our last line of defense against aquifer polluting and gas recovery techniques on unspoiled lands in the West.Please write to: Chief Bosworth and the Content Analysis Team; Attn: Roadless State Petitions; USDA Forest Service; P.O. Box 221090; Salt Lake City, UT 84122; or fax it to: 1-801-517-1014; or e-mail to: statepetitionroadless@fs.fed.us.Ask Chief Bosworth to please preserve the Roadless Area Conservation Rule (Docket No. 04-16191) intact for its long-term value to American citizens.Tell him the amenities of pure drinking water, wildlife habitat, carbon-dioxide greenhouse gas sink and pristine recreational opportunities for U.S. citizens and the health of the planet far outweigh the need for tax-free corporate profits on the 5 percent of remaining roadless forests. Point out the millions that would be saved by the USDA from road building subsidies. Remind Chief Bosworth that his children’s, children’s, children’s, children are counting on him.John HoffmannCarbondale


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