While 4.2 million acres of national forest land is declared roadless, the 2012 rule allows for energy development and road construction in some areas.
Rocky Mountain Ecology
Conservation group suggests several measures to mitigate impacts.
Measurements at Niwot Ridge research station west of Boulder indicate changes to Colorado mountain zones are underway.
Two groups let the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service know they intend to sue because of the agency’s decision to not offer the plains bison endangered species protection.
A move toward industrial-scale bioenergy using forest biomass could negatively impact ecosystem diversity.