To the editor:
The Colorado Roadless Ruling comment period ends Oct. 23, and I want to encourage anyone who appreciates the environment and the area around Craig to provide your input to the Forest Service on this ruling.
The current proposal for the roadless ruling would allow "temporary" roads and other development to be built in areas that are currently considered roadless, and this could really affect hunting and the local economy in the Craig area.
According to a study by the New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish, deer and elk populations are dramatically affected by roads; roads change the migration routes and distribution patterns of deer and elk, and elk exist in greater population densities in roadless areas, as opposed to areas with roads.
The previous Roadless Ruling protected far more area than the current proposal, and so anyone who appreciates wildlife or the economic benefits that the hunting industry brings to Craig should request that the Forest Service conform this new ruling to the old recommendations.
Comments can be directed to COcomments@fsroadless.org via e-mail, or by mail to: Roadless Area Conservation of Colorado, PO Box 162909, Sacramento, Calif., 95816-2909.