Gov. John Hickenlooper has formally requested federal drought assistance for Elbert and Douglas counties.
Groups representing oil and gas companies say they’re concerned that Colorado’s proposed rule for managing roadless forests would essentially designate more areas as wilderness.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Fremont County in Colorado as a primary natural disaster due to a series of freezes that occurred in April and May, and expanded drought assistance to nine counties.
A group that lobbies on behalf of western Colorado communities is urging federal officials to approve a plan for roadless forest land as it was originally submitted.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he expects to make a final decision this year on Colorado’s proposed rule for managing 4.2 million acres of roadless national forest land in the state, capping six years of work.
A federal official says U.S. farmers shouldn’t be too concerned yet about stricter federal regulations on farm dust.
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