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The White River National Forest held a public meeting for people to voice their support of roadless areas in the public land Wednesday in Glenwood Springs. According to the Aspen Times the 250 people attending the Roadless Areas Review Task Force meeting to testify against gas drilling in these areas included outfitters, local mayors, hunters and conservation groups.
The cabal included a spokesman from Colorado Ski Country USA, the trade association for the state's ski industry. The organization supports protection for the state's roadless areas - as long as that doesn't directly affect the ski industry.
It wants the roadless designation eliminated when it falls within established ski area permit boundaries in the White River National Forest, according to spokesman Alan Henceroth.