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Colorado Roadless Hearings Begin Amid Controversy

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Photo by Kirk Siegler
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US Forest Service regional forester Rick Cables addresses an audience at the agency's Colorado Roadless rule hearing in Golden Tuesday.

The US Forest Service is launching a slate of public meetings around the region on Colorado’s proposed Roadless Rule. It’s a sweeping plan that would ban most development on over four million acres of remote National Forest lands in the state.  It's sparked controversy from industry groups, as well as conservationists who want a national management rule.  But Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Rick Cables tells KUNC’s Kirk Siegler that much has changed since the original 2001 national Roadless Rule came about.

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Nine public meetings are scheduled in Colorado and Washington D.C.  For a list and more information click here.

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