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December 11, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Ritter Weighs In On Roadless Rules
(2007-04-12)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Colorado Governor Bill Ritter has asked the federal government for an "insurance policy" to protect more than four million acres of roadless areas in the state from development.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: Ritter modified former governor Owen's Roadless petition submitted late last year under rules proposed by the Bush Administration which had thrown out 2001 roadless protections covering millions of acres of national forest.
A court subsequently reinstated the 2001 protections, which this week was appealed by Bush.
David Petersen of Durango was a member of the Roadless Task Force.
As a member of Trout Unlimited he represented hunters and fisherman wanted Ritter to completely withdraw Owen's Petition in favor of the more stringent 2001 rule.
PETERSEN: IT GAVE THE GREATEST PROTECTIONS TO WILDLIFE, AND HUNTING AND ANGLING AND WATERSHEDS IN COLORADO, AND HE WANTED THAT TO BE THE LAW OF THE LAND. HE COULD HAVE WITHDRAWN THAT PETITION AND THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE END OF IT. SO WE'RE DISAPPOINTED, WE FEEL FISH AND WILDLIFE HAVE LOST.
Among other things, Ritter wants interim protection for Colorado's roadless area while the federal government decides whether to keep wilderness-style protections for the lands.
I'm Victor Locke for KSUT.
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