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Meeting will consider proposed Colorado Roadless Rule

The U.S. Forest Service invites interested members of the public to a meeting on the Proposed Colorado Roadless Rule from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave., Durango.

Several meetings are scheduled throughout the state to provide the public an opportunity to learn more and discuss specific points of the proposed Colorado Roadless Rule and Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which were released for public comment on April 15.

The purpose of the meeting is to increase public understanding about the proposed rule, explain how input gathered from the public during the previous comment periods was incorporated into the rule, and respond to questions from the public.

The meeting is designed to help attendees develop informed written comments. Oral comments will not be taken at the meeting, and the agency will not be recording the meetings for inclusion in the rulemaking record. Those who wish to provide comments for the record will need to submit them in writing and will have the opportunity to do so at the meetings.

The deadline for written comments on the proposed rule and/or the Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be July 14, 2011. Comments may be submitted on the Internet at: http://www.regulations.gov. This is the preferred method of providing input because it facilitates the processing of comments and thus is the least costly to taxpayers.

Comments can be e-mailed to: COComments@fsroadless.org, sent via mail to Colorado Roadless Rule/EIS, P.O. Box 1919, Sacramento, CA 95812, or delivered by phone at (916) 456-6724. All comments, including names and addresses, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying.

For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/coroadlessrule.

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