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Comment Sought For|Colorado Forest Rule

WASHINGTON (CN) - The Forest Service has issued a new proposal to provide management direction for conserving and managing roadless areas on National Forest System lands in Colorado.

The new proposal is in response to public comment on a 2008 proposed rule and a 2010 revised petition from Colorado.

The agency requests public comment on the new proposed rule and revised draft environmental impact statement.

The agency is interested in public comments on the changes to exceptions and prohibitions on activities in inventoried roadless areas developed in response to public comments on the 2008 proposed rule.

The agency also is interested in comments on the concept, management, and rationale for designation of specific areas within Colorado Roadless Areas identified as "upper tier." In this proposed rule, these areas are provided a higher level of protection than in the 2001 Roadless Rule.

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