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USFS Open Houses for Colorado Roadless Rule-Durango
Submitted By: dbuck on Aug 15, 2008

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Scheduled on Aug 20, 2008

Protect Climbing in Colorado’s National Forest and Highest Peaks: Attend a USFS Open House in Your Area

The United States Forest Service (USFS) has recently issued a draft rule for Colorado’s national forests that weakens and removes existing protections for backcountry roadless areas. Starting Monday, August 18th in Pueblo, the USFS is hosting a series of Open Houses to discuss the proposed Rule and to hear your comments. The Outdoor Alliance feels that the draft rule inadequately protects those remote areas with rugged terrain that provide the highest quality opportunities for human-powered recreation.

Our general position is that:
› The 2001 Roadless Rule did a great job of protecting wild areas in Colorado that are so very important to the people and business that make up the hiking, climbing, skiing, paddling, and biking communities.

› The proposed Colorado Roadless Rule does not adequately take into account its economic and social impacts on the people and businesses of the outdoor community.

› Once a roadless area has a “long-term temporary” road, it is not roadless anymore. The proposed Colorado Roadless Rule tries to skirt around the issue by creating a new category of road- a “long-term temporary” road used for mineral, gas, and coal exploration and removal- that does not qualify as a “road” under the Rule.

NOW is the time to learn more about how this proposed Rule affects you and let the USFS know that contiguous undisturbed, backcountry areas are important to you as a climber. Here is how you can help:

1. Attend a USFS Open House in your area.
Below is a list of dates and locations. All Open Houses are from 5:00 – 8:30 pm. If you have any questions about the Open Houses, contact Tom O’Keefe at or Gwen Ernst-Ulrich (USFS) at 303.275.5348.

2. Identify your interest in the outcome of the draft Rule as a rock climber and a member of the human-powered recreation community.
If you attend an Open House, let the USFS know you are there and why you are there, even if you aren’t ready to provide feedback and comments.

3. Voice your thoughts.
If you have general or specific comments, you will have the opportunity to let the USFS know. If you aren’t ready to provide comments, you can send in your comments during the comment period.

4. Let us know your thoughts.
We want to hear from you, as well. We are currently performing a more in-depth analysis of the draft Rule and evaluating specific impacts to your backcountry recreational experiences. If you attend one of the Open Houses, contact Tom O’Keefe at and let him know. Also, be sure to keep us informed on your thoughts and comments on the draft Rule.

Monday, August 18
2200 Bonforte Boulevard

Tuesday, August 19
Monte Vista
Bill Metz Elementary School
545 Second Street

Wednesday, August 20
Fort Lewis College Ballroom
1000 Rim Drive

Thursday, August 21
Marriott Denver West
1717 Denver West Boulevard

Monday, August 25
Fort Collins
CSU-Lory Student Center
1101 Centre Avenue

Tuesday, Sept. 9
Grand Junction
Two Rivers Convention Center
159 Main Street

Wednesday, Sept. 10
Glenwood Springs
Hotel Colorado
526 Pine Street

Thursday, Sept. 11
Steamboat Springs
Community Center
1605 Lincoln Avenue

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