11/29/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Vilsack Indicates Openness To Colorado Exception To Roadless Rule

DENVER -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday gave the strongest indication to date that the draft of Colorado's roadless rule, which allows road-building exemptions for wildfire mitigation in national forest lands, will at least be closely considered as the Obama administration moves toward a comprehensive national rule.

Speaking at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science during the announcement of a public-private partnership to restore public lands scorched in the 2002 Hayman fire, Vilsack told The Colorado Independent in an interview that the Centennial State's efforts to lift federal restrictions on building forest roads in order to better contain fires make sense.

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