EPA criticizes federal plan for roadless forest land in Colorado

Posted: Jul 22, 2011

Written by

BRUCE FINLEY, Denver Post

 

The government's latest plan for managing 4.2 million acres of remaining roadless national-forest land in Colorado offers the strictest protection for only about 13 percent of it and makes exceptions for mining, logging and ski-area expansion.

Now, in a broad critique of that plan, the Environmental Protection Agency is seeking a much stronger approach.

EPA officials have submitted a letter asking the Forest Service to ensure top-tier protection for 2.6 million acres, more than quadruple the current 562,200 acres. The EPA also is recommending measures to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from coal mining and to prevent harm to wetlands from development around ski areas.

 

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