Hunting, Fishing Groups Ask Governor To Maintain Roadless Forest

Denver (AP) Four Colorado fishing and hunting groups are
urging Governor Owens and a state task force to support keeping development off more than four million acres of national forests. A task force created by the legislature is holding public hearings and will recommend what should happen to the areas.

The governor has until next November to petition the federal government to maintain the roadless areas.

Members of the hunting and fishing groups say the roadless areas are vital wildlife and fish habitat and contain pristine waterways. The groups together have several thousand members. a spokesman for the governor says the groups need to direct their comments to the task force.

About 58 million acres of national forest land off–limits to development under the Clinton Administration were opened to logging and other activities under a new policy issued in May. Governors can petition to prevent new road–building.

The next public hearing by roadless task force will be December ninth in Durango.

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