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Time for voices to be heard on roadless debate

Roadless is a buzzword that’s been gathering plenty of momentum for the past couple of months.Wednesday night the roadless debate will reach a full boil when residents descend on the Hotel Colorado to offer public comment on the roadless issue in a meeting from 5-8:45 p.m.This public comment period is tremendously helpful in any decision-making process. It falls into the speak-now-or-forever-hold-your-peace category.It’s also a time for education. Like any issue, there are pros and cons that need to be weighed and evaluated before the ultimate decision is made on how to manage roadless areas.For residents interested in the roadless issue, Wednesday’s public comment get-together shouldn’t be missed.This issue plopped onto the radar when a new rule from the Bush administration was implemented. It’s now in the hands of individual states to recommend whether the Forest Service should develop roadless areas. The Colorado legislature created a task force last year to gather public comments and recommend to the governor how roadless areas should be managed. Roadless is not to be confused with wilderness areas, and this is a perfect example of the importance of Wednesday’s gathering. If there’s confusion or mystery concerning this debate, the public comment period might help make the subject more clear.Wednesday’s comment time will look at how the White River National Forest’s roadless areas should be managed.The White River National Forest is a huge area in this region. It’s used by a wide variety of recreational enthusiasts, and any decision is bound to impact countless residents. There are also logging and timber removal questions concerning the roadless issue.How the White River National Forest will be managed in the future is an important decision that will have lasting repercussions.Wednesday is the time for voices to be heard and residents to learn more about this issue.

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