Colorado Roadless Rule

Welcome to the U. S. Forest Service Colorado Roadless Rule


Roc Creek Roadless Area on the Manti-La Sal National ForestOn July 3, 2012, the Colorado Roadless Rule became effective with the publication of the final rule in the Federal Register.  The rule applies to 4.2 million acres of National Forest roadless areas within Colorado and conserves roadless area values for future generations, while providing for activities important to the citizens and economy of Colorado.  The final rule reflects the views and concerns of thousands of people who expressed interest during the rule-making process.  From July 2006 to June 2012, there were five public comment periods resulting in more than 310,000 comments from people throughout the country. 

Final Documents:

Final Rule - (pdf - 496k)
- (pdf - 3532k)
FEIS Executive Summary - (pdf - 548k)
FEIS Appendices - (pdf - 16202k)
FEIS Map Packet
Civil Rights Impact Analysis - (pdf - 2895k)
Regulatory Impact Analysis - (pdf - 311k)
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis - (pdf - 1110k)

2011 Revised Draft Documents:

Proposed Colorado Roadless Rule, Office of the Federal Register 04/15/2011 - (pdf - 143k)
RDEIS - (pdf - 4523k)
RDEIS Summary - (pdf - 969k)
RDEIS Appendices
RDEIS Errata - (pdf - 185k)
RDEIS Map Packet
Civil Rights Impact Analysis - (pdf - 912k)
Regulatory Impact Assessment - (pdf - 939k)

Recent News and Information

West Elk Court Decision
In July 2013, High Country Conservation Advocates, WildEarth Guardians, and Sierra Club challenged (1) a Forest Service (FS) consent decision to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) modifying two federal coal leases on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests, (2) BLM’s companion decision to modify the leases, (3) BLM’s authorization of exploration activities within the modification areas, and (4) the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception to the Colorado Roadless Rule. On September 11, 2014 the District Court of Colorado vacated all four decisions. 

District of Colorado Decision and Remedy Order

Ruling of the 2001 Roadless Rule
During the month of October the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. Currently, the 10th Circuit ruling does not affect the Colorado Roadless Rule. On December 5, 2011 the State of Wyoming petitioned the 10th Circuit to review the October decision. This review was rejected by the 10th Circuit, lifting the injunction prohibiting the implementation of the 2001 Roadless Rule by the District court of Wyoming. Until the injunction is lifted, the status quo for roadless area management is the 2001 Roadless Rule.

Tenth Circuit Opinion - (pdf - 267k)

View Public Comments

The Public Comment Period closed on July 15th, 2011. Comments may be viewed by clicking here.