Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) has contacted the offices of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Tom Tidwell and Office of Management and the Budget (OMB) director Shaun Donovan to schedule a meeting in the wake of the announcement that the Forest Service will delay the release of the Colorado Roadless Rule Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) until the fall. The SEIS was originally slated to be released this spring, but the USFS told Tipton's office that OMB has held up the process saying the decision is "significant" and will require further review.
"The Colorado Roadless Rule was the result of a statewide collaborative effort with many diverse stakeholders that achieved an outcome prioritizing conservation and responsible use of the land. The certainty provided under that rule for the people of Delta and Gunnison counties has been upended by extreme special interests who serially litigate against responsible multiple use of public lands," said Tipton. "The decision to delay the release of the supplemental environmental analysis required by the court is deeply disappointing and puts jobs in Delta and Gunnison counties at risk. I plan to convene a meeting with Tidwell and Donovan as soon as possible to facilitate a discussion on working toward a more expedient resolution. This decision is far too important for the administration to brush under the rug until after Election Day. People's jobs are at stake."