Heritage Forests Campaign News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 10, 2006
Dave Bard – 202.486.4426 (c)
Statement of Robert C. Vandermark, Director, Heritage Forests Campaign
On Colorado's Roadless Areas Review Task Force Recommendations
"The Colorado Roadless Area Review Task Force just wrapped up a long process. While it’s a good first step, there is still plenty of room for improvement. The outcome seems to reflect the political views of the Task Force and not what the people of Colorado really want.
"The Task Force failed to recommend interim protections, leaving the door open to immediate oil and gas drilling in some of the state’s best wildlife habitat and recreation areas. Logging or drilling in these areas before governors and the U.S. Forest Service finish this petition process throws its integrity into question. The governors have been asked for input and they deserve the opportunity to provide it.
"With the outcome so uncertain and ambiguous, this once again demonstrates the need for a national policy and shows why the 2001 roadless rule was the balanced way to manage these cherished public lands."
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