BlueRibbon Coalition BRC: COLORADO - Colorado Roadless Rule Public Meetings Announced

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    BLUERIBBON COALITION LAND USE UPDATE!
    COLORADO - Colorado Roadless Rule Public Meetings Announced
    Dear BRC Alert Subscriber,
    Last April, BRC blasted the news that the US Forest Service released the Proposed Colorado Roadless Rule for a 90-day public comment period, which ends on July 14, 2011.
    See our alert here: FS Releases New Proposed Colorado Roadless Rule And DEIS
    We just began reviewing the documents, but we want you to know that both BRC and COHVCO (Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition) will be detailing their best legal brainpower to looking at any possible impacts to recreational access.
    We received word from the Forest Service that they will host a series of nine public meetings throughout Colorado and in Washington, DC in order for the public to learn more about the Rule. (See schedule of meeting dates and venues below)
    The three basic purposes for these meetings are to: 1) increase public understanding about the proposed rule, 2) explain how input gathered from the public during the previous comment periods was incorporated into the rule, and 3) respond to questions from the public.
    Keep in mind these are informational meetings and not really the best opportunity to submit your comments. Stay tuned to BRC and COHVCO for future information and comment suggestions.
    Although registration is not required to attend, the FS is asking people to please register for the meetings to help assist in planning. Please register for these meetings at http://coroadless.eventbrite.com.
    As always, please call with questions or concerns.
    Brian Hawthorne
    Public Lands Policy Director
    BlueRibbon Coalition
    208-237-1008 ext 102
    COLORADO - Colorado Roadless Rule Public Meetings Announced
    The proposed rule, associated documents, and additional information about the rule development process can be found on the Forest Service Colorado Roadless website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/coroadlessrule.
    Please feel free to call 303-275-5567 or email roadless_rule_questions@fs.fed.us with any questions about the rule or the public meetings.
    Meeting Dates, Times and Locations
    Associated Unit
    Tuesday, May 17, 2011 4:00 - 6:00pm
    Regional Office
    740 Simms St
    Golden, CO
    Region-wide
    Thursday, May 19, 2011 6:00 - 8:00pm
    CSU Pueblo
    Occhiato University Center,
    West Ballroom (109A), Second floor
    2200 Bonforte Blvd
    Pueblo, CO Pike-San Isabel National Forests; Cimarron-Comanche National Grasslands
    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 6:00 - 8:00pm
    Forest Service Office
    925 Weiss Dr.
    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests; Thunder Basin National Grassland
    Thursday, May 26, 2011 6:00 - 8:00pm
    Supervisor's Office
    2150 Centre Ave, Building E
    Fort Collins, CO
    Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests; Pawnee National Grassland
    Wednesday, June 1, 2011 10:00am - noon
    Hamilton Crowne Plaza
    Shriners Room
    14th and K Street, NW
    Washington, DC Nation-wide Tuesday, June 7, 2011 5:30 - 7:30pm
    Monte Vista High School
    349 Prospect Avenue
    Monte Vista, CO Rio Grande National Forest Wednesday, June 8, 2011 5:30 - 8:30pm
    Community Recreation Center
    2700 Main Avenue
    Durango, CO San Juan National Forest Wednesday, June 15, 2011 6:30 - 9:00pm
    Montrose Pavilion
    1800 Pavilion Dr.
    Montrose, CO Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, & Gunnison National Forests and Manti-La Sal National Forest Thursday, June 16, 2011 5:30 - 7:30pm
    Community Center
    100 Wulfsohn Rd.
    Glenwood Springs, CO White River National Forest
    IMPORTANT NOTE:
    While the meetings may help attendees make more informed comments, oral comments will not be recorded at the meetings. Nor will the agency be recording the meetings for inclusion in the rulemaking record. This format is based on input received from a diversity of stakeholders on how best to design public meetings. As with any rulemaking process, attendees wishing to provide comments for the record will need to submit them in writing and will have the opportunity to do so at the meetings.
    To be considered, written comments need to be submitted:
    Electronically at www.regulations.gov Mail hard copy to Colorado Roadless Rule/EIS, P.O. Box 1919, Sacramento, CA 95812 Emailed to COComments@fsroadless.org Fax to 916-456-6724 - Please identify your written comments by mentioning Colorado Roadless Rule on the cover sheet or the first page.


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