Colo. adds land, closes loophole in roadless plan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Colorado officials have released a revised proposal for protecting roadless areas on federal land in the state, adding 160,000 acres for protection and eliminating one provision for building temporary roads.

Revisions released Monday bring the total that would be protected in Colorado to nearly 4.2 million acres, up from about 4 million acres in last year's version but about 60,000 acres less than a 2001 proposal.

Officials say the 2001 figure included land that was already ``substantially altered.''

Monday's revision also eliminates a provision that would have allowed the construction of temporary roads for ranchers to get access to federal land they lease for grazing.

The Department of Natural Resources will accept public comment on the revision for 60 days.

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