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Action Alert: Comment on Colorado Roadless Rule

Posted: 07/08/2011
by Thomas O'Keefe

Colorado's backcountry is a human-powered recreation paradise. For paddlers we enjoy great rivers like the Animas or dropping Adrenaline Falls on Lime Creek. For those who enjoy other pursuits it may be mountain biking the Monarch Crest trail, backcountry skiing at Berthoud Pass, bouldering at Independence pass, or simply hiking up Mount Elbert--Colorado’s backcountry has it all.  Right now, through the Colorado Roadless Rule, the U.S. Forest Service is trying to come up with a plan to take care of these places.  We can help make sure they are taken care of the right way by giving the Forest Service some input from the human-powered outdoor recreation world.
After almost 10 years of development, the proposed Colorado Roadless Rule is close, but not quite on the right track.  Our goal is to make sure the rule  is as strong or stronger than existing roadless protections elsewhere in the country.  The way to get there is to close some development loopholes and greatly increase the number of mountains, crags, trails and rivers in the “Upper Tier” category of protection.  Comments from our community carry quite a bit of weight in matters like these, so drop the Forest Service a line and help us take care of Colorado’s backcountry roadless gems so that they keep giving us clean air and water, a home for wild things to thrive and a places for us to paddle, climb, ride, hike and ski.


 Want to get a better sense of what Colorado roadless areas are all about?  Then check Outdoor Alliance’s latest film, featuring the spectacular outdoor recreation of Colorado.



Thomas O'Keefe
3537 NE 87th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: 425-417-9012

Associated Rivers

Animas CO
Canyon Creek CO
Clear Creek of the Arkansas (an Arkansas River Tributary) CO
Lime Creek CO
Lime Creek CO
Mineral Creek, South CO
Saint Vrain Creek, North CO
San Juan, East Fork CO