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Jun 17, 2011 2:40 PM by Kate Richards

Roadless rules could protect land

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say proposed Colorado roadless rules will provide the chance to protect 4.2 million acres from development.

Regional forester Rick Cables said Thursday that exceptions would apply to less than 5 percent of the total acreage. Those exceptions include ski areas, logging to reduce fire danger and installing gas pipelines, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

The Forest Service and state of Colorado have been working together on the rules. They hope to have it finished and adopted by the end of the year.

Thursday's Glenwood Springs event was the last public meeting planned for the proposal, but comments on it are being accepted through July 14.

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