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Top 5 Achievements from 2012

2013-01-01 / Tom Flynn

2012 was the most successful and influential period in the seven-year history of Outdoor Alliance. So what did we do? Here are our top five achievements from the last year.





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Colorado Roadless Rule Finalized, Conserving Landscapes and Protecting Recreation

2012-07-03 / Thomas O'Keefe

Today, the US Forest Service issued the Record of Decision for the Colorado Roadless Rule, finalizing a much-improved version of the Rule. After years of consultation and public engagement, this last step determines the management framework for 4.2 million acres of valuable back...

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Solid Improvements for Colorado Roadless Areas

2012-05-03 / Adam Cramer

Yesterday, the United States Forest Service took a significant step forward in managing Colorado’s treasured roadless areas by releasing the final environmental impact statement, or FEIS, for the Colorado Roadless Rule. 

Given the world class...

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Outdoor Alliance comments on the Wilderness and Roadless Release Act

2011-07-26 / Tom Flynn

In a letter to the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, Outdoor Alliance expressed concerns with H.R. 1581, the Wilderness and Roadless Release Act and the impact it would have on the future of backcountry landscapes highly valued for the recreational ...

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Outdoor Alliance Comments on Colorado Roadless Rule

2011-07-14 / Thomas O'Keefe

Representing the collective interests of millions of individuals and thousands of businesses, Outdoor Alliance joined national and major regional organizations including Outdoor Industry Association, American Alpine Club, American Mountain Guides Association and The Colorado Mountain Club in co...

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Outdoor Alliance releases new film to illustrate why the Obama Administration must keep its promise to protect Colorado's National Forest Roadless Areas

2011-06-23 / Thomas O'Keefe

As the Obama administration prepares to outline its objectives for managing Colorado’s National Forest Roadless Areas, the Outdoor Alliance is releasing a film today that highlights the need to expand and strengthen “upper tier” status for the spectacular landscapes and incredib...

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Outdoor Alliance and Outdoor Industry Association Comment on Colorado Roadless Rule

2009-10-02 / Thomas O'Keefe

Outdoor Alliance and and Outdoor Indsutry Association joined in filing comments on a revised draft of the Colorado Roadless Rule developed by the state of Colorado. A draft rule was published in the Federal Register in July 2008. During the past year Colorado has listened to stakeholders in...

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Governor Ritter Responds to the Colorado Outdoor Community Letter on Colorado Roadless Areas!

2009-07-27 / Thomas O'Keefe

Governor Ritter responded to a letter from more than 40 Colorado-based human-powered user groups and companies about Colorado’s 4 million acres of roadless areas.  The Governor’s let...

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Outdoor Community Requests Colorado Governor's Intervention in Roadless Rule-Making Process

2009-06-22 / Thomas O'Keefe

More than 40 Colorado organizations and businesses sign letter supporting significant revisions to draft Colorado roadless rule, stress economic importance of backcountry   
DENVER – A broad coalition of human-powered outdoors recreation groups and businesses today a...

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Administration Takes Action to Safeguard Roadless Areas

2009-05-28 / Thomas O'Keefe

Directive issued today defers backcountry management decisions to the secretary of Agriculture, helps conserve important fish and wildlife habitat and sustain outdoor traditions

Joint Statement of  Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Outdoor Alliance, Outdoor Industry Associat...

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Outdoor Alliance Applauds Colorado Governor Ritter's Decision to Request More Time to Do a Proper Job on the Colorado Roadless Rule

2008-12-05 / Thomas O'Keefe

Denver, CO --- Earlier today Governor Ritter announced that the State of Colorado secured a vital delay that prevents the Forest Service’s rush to implement a new management plan for the state’s pristine backcountry roadless areas. These landscapes represent some of the most outstandi...

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Outdoor Alliance Comments on Management of Colorado's Backcountry Forests

2008-10-23 / Thomas O'Keefe

 This past summer the Forest Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register for the purpose of establishing a state-specific rule to provide management direction to "collaboratively manage and protect roadless areas within the State of Colorado." Colorado’s Invento...

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Protection for Idaho Roadless Areas Weakened

2008-10-17 / Kevin Colburn

On Thursday, October 16, 2008 the US Forest Service released the Idaho Roadless Rule, which provides management direction regarding road building and resource extraction across 9.3 million acres of public roadless lands in Idaho.  The Rule replaces the more protective 2001 Roadless Area Conserv...

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Outdoor Alliance Highlights Need to Protect Colorado's Backcountry Forests

2008-10-08 / Thomas O'Keefe

Colorado's backcountry provides some of our nation’s most spectacular destinations for outdoor enthusiasts including mountain biking through incredible alpine vistas, carpets of wildflowers on the cherished 401 trail outside Crested Butte, the headwaters of our nation’s most iconi...

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Outdoor Alliance Comments on Management of Idaho's Backcountry Forests

2008-04-07 / Thomas O'Keefe

Washington, D.C. -- On January 7, 2008 the Forest Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register for the purpose of establishing a State-specific rule to provide management direction for “conserving and enhancing the roadless characteristics for designated roadless areas in Idaho...

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Outdoor Alliance Releases Roadless Film

2008-03-28 / Thomas O'Keefe

Representing the interests of millions of Americans who hike, paddle, climb, mountain bike, ski and snowshoe on our nations public lands and waters, we believe that protection of Roadless Areas is critical to resource protection on some of our nation’s most highly valued landscapes for wild...

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Colorado and Idaho Roadless Area Protection

2008-01-15 / Thomas O'Keefe

Washington, D.C. --- Seven years ago, citizens from across the nation flooded the U.S. Forest Service with public comments in support of protecting at-risk backcountry roadless areas – the last pristine but unprotected lands in the Forest System. With new plans for roadless area management in...

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Over the river and through the forest

2007-10-29 / Rebecca Giddens and Mark Singleton

Special to McClatchy-Tribune (Salem Statesmen Journal, The Columbian, The Monitor, Sacramento Bee, Salt Lake City Tribune, Santa Barbara News Press, Express Times)

Paddling a river is an ancient activity - possibly the first human mode of transportation not involving putting one ...

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