Colorado Roadless and So-Called Gap Leases Redux

As media stories come out about the final rule, the concept of Colorado Roadless increasing natural gas development in Colorado may well be stated again. As in Bob Berwyn’s piece here. The state version of the rule leaves the door open for more coal mining, as well as natural gas development, both seen as critical …

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Colorado Roadless Rule Finally Final

The efforts of thousands of folks, three state and two federal administrations, and seven glorious years (six or seven comment periods? I lost track a while back) have come to an end. Well, except for litigation, which seems like the dessert to every policy meal worth eating, especially ones where ideology figures in.. as it …

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Colorado Roadless- The Little State That Could

Colorado Roadless may win the prize for most comment periods (6th?). Perhaps the USG should have Regulation Oscars.. I have ideas for categories. FYI- I will do the same kind of media watch for this as for the planning rule, so please send any press pieces I haven’t posted here.. Here’s the link to the …

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Udall Sends Letter to President Obama Urging Swift Approval of Colorado Roadless Rule

Here’s the link. Praises Locally-Driven and Collaborative Public Process   Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 Last week, Mark Udall sent a letter to President Obama urging him to quickly approve a Colorado Roadless Rule that has been under development since 2005 in order to alleviate uncertainty for communities and businesses.  A thorough, locally-driven public process …

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A Roadless Geek Reviews: NY Times Article

With the recent 10th Circuit decision to reject Wyoming’s rehearing request, Roadless has once again reared convoluted and drama-filled head. Also, as the current legal framework becomes clearer (at least until someone initiates another lawsuit claiming that the NEPA is now out of date, does not consider climate change mitigation and adaptation, and is not …

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More Roadless Courtroom Drama

For those who just can’t get enough Roadless… US Appeals Court Asked To Rehear Roadless CaseDecember 5, 2011 4:08 PM http://denver.cbslocal.com/2011/12/05/us-appeals-court-asked-to-rehear-roadless-case/ DENVER (AP) – The state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association want a federal court in Denver to reconsider a rule prohibiting roads on nearly 50 million acres of land in national forests …

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Another Confusing Roadless Story: Aspens, Intervention, and Upper Tier

Thanks again to Terry Seyden for this catch! It’s a bit hard to tell in this news story, but the story is about a couple of different things that if you weren’t following this story closely, might be confusing. I will try to help. Chain saw environmentalism at cutting edge of forest fight Aspen, Colo. …

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Coming together to protect the backcountry- op ed by Jim Risch and Chris Wood

From Oregonlive here. Thanks to Terry Seyden! October marks the fifth anniversary of the state of Idaho’s petition to develop its own rule governing the management of backcountry inventoried roadless areas on national forests within the state. When the petition was issued, it might have seemed unlikely that the two of us–one of whom helped …

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