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MMAC Update

Within these districts, some of the roads and trails have been reopened for access, critical habitat designations have been scaled back, and a few Mining Districts were completely removed from proposed withdrawals.

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MMAC & PLP Update

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Colorado Mining Association Appeals Roadless Ruling


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