Colorado Roadless Rule: It's Scientists Versus Politicians On State Exemption Issue

06/14/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • David O. Williams The Colorado Independent

Some key Colorado politicians seem to like the state's controversial roadless rule -- submitted last week to the Obama administration -- but a lot of scientists and environmentalists clearly aren't convinced.

Colorado's petition to the federal government to accept the state's plan for managing more than 4 million acres of roadless national forest land contains road-building exemptions for coal mining, ski area expansion and logging to reduce wildfire danger.

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