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Colorado Roadless Rule - 2012

Working with the Outdoor Alliance and the Outdoor Industry Association, the ACA submitted comments pertaining to the State of Colorado's draft rule to the U.S. Forest Service.  Colorado has over 4 million acres of National Forest and this rule would have a significant impact on all forms of human-powered recreation.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a state of Wyoming and Colorado Mining Association petition on February 16, 2012, that sought to overturn the 2001 National Forest roadless rule. The ruling reaffirmed a three-judge decision issued on Oct. 21, 2011, that upheld the roadless rule, passed under former President Bill Clinton, which prohibits development on nearly 60 million acres.

"The Obama administration will decide next month between the state rule and a legally buttressed national rule. The state rule would restrict road-building and tree-cutting on about 4.2 million acres. The national rule bans roads on 4.4 million acres of the 14.5 million acres of national forest in Colorado.Read more: Colorado officials push for forest-road rule." -- Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, 2/21/2012

  • Department of Agriculture / Forest Service Letters: (July 2011 / Nov 2011
  • Recommended Upper Tier Areas (PDF)


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