Interview: Environmentalists respond to national forest plan

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The U.S. Forest Service wants to add 10,000 acres of wilderness to its draft plan for the Green Mountain National Forest. Most of the wilderness area would be in the Glastenbury Mountain area of Southern Vermont.

The additional wilderness is part of a final plan the Forest Service released on Wednesday. It calls for more than 27,000 acres of wilderness in total. The plan also allows all-terrain vehicles, but under strictly controlled conditions.

Some environmental groups have raised objections to the proposal. Jamie Fidel is with the Vermont Natural Resources Council. He has released a statement on behalf of the Vermont Wilderness Association, a coalition of environmental groups.

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