Friday, November 17, 2006
90% of comments favor roadless areas in Colorado
For almost two years, a task force appointed by Gov. Bill Owens has been mulling over how to manage 4.1 million acres of federal land that was designated by the Clinton administration as "roadless," then undesignated by the Bush administration. After scores of public comments and meetings, over 90 percent of people involved said they favored keeping them roadless. So that, apparently, is what the governor will recommend to the Feds.
According to the Rocky Mountain News, "Owens on Monday asked for federal protection of more than 4.1 million roadless acres in Colorado, following a state task force's advice."
There are still some loop holes that allow mining roads to already existing claims, but, all in all, this is a fairly progressive bill that paves the way to protecting undeveloped land.
Owens told the press, "The scenic landscapes, abundant wildlife and mountain vistas make Colorado such a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I applaud the task force for their commitment to this important process."
Kinda makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over.
Posted by Dave Philipps at 8:32 AM