A federal judge has ordered opened parts of 42 off-highway-vehicle routes in the Eldorado National Forest that don't intersect meadows today.
The order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton found that the U.S. Forest Service has remedied an Endangered Species Act violation and no further action is required.
Portions of the routes that cross meadows will remain closed while the Forest Service completes an environmental analysis.
According to the Forest Service, the meadow routes encompass a total of about 135 miles. Under today's order, access will be restored on about 46 miles of those routes, while about 89 …