|Background ► The Roadless Rule, Colorado Roadless Petition & Obama Administration Proposed Rule ► Roadless Areas Inventory|
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In some areas, these lands continued to be managed to preserve their roadless character; in others, the pressures of energy development, mining, drilling, timber harvesting, and increasing off-road vehicle use led to the construction of thousands of miles of additional roads through these areas. In still other areas, however, lands that once contained roads for mining or lumber operations have long since been abandoned, and the landscape is returning to its natural state.
As part of the process leading to the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule, the Forest Service completed a more detailed analysis of roadless areas, called Inventoried Roadless Areas (IRAs). The RARE II areas that had been designated as Wilderness were not included in this 2001 analysis. IRAs were categorized as 1) roadless areas recommended for Wilderness; 2) roadless areas where road construction and reconstruction is prohibited; and 3) areas where road construction and reconstruction is allowed. It is those roadless areas in this last category that are most at risk.
*San Juan Citizens Alliance (SJCA), Citizens for the Arapaho-Roosevelt (CFAR), Wild Connections (Upper Arkansas and South Platte Project - UASPP), White River Conservation Project (WRCP), High Country Citizens Alliance (HCCA), Western Slope Environmental Resource Council (WSERC), San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council (SLVEC), the Colorado Environmental Coalition (CEC), and the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project (SREP)