Polis Recieves Wilderness Proposal


The Hidden Gems proposal will add to the already large Maroon Bells Wilderness Area.

Conservationists released a formal proposal Monday for 244,000 acres of new wilderness designation in Summit and Eagle counties after about four years of study, vetting and deliberation. Organizers of the Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign delivered the document to U.S. Rep. Jared Polis’s office Friday, in hopes that it will someday be introduced in Congress.

Many recreational groups expressed concern and anger that the Hidden Gems organizers did not release the study proposal to other interests before it was in Polis’s hands.

Several dozen Hidden Gems opponents packed a town hall meeting Polis held in Frisco Monday night to express their anger over the proposal. The walkway to Vinny’s restaurant, where the meeting took place, was lined with signs urging, “Stop the land grab! Aren’t forests for everyone?” and “No Hidden Gems! Equal access for everyone.”

Hidden Gems Basics

• 379,000 acres in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties.
• 201,220 acres (14 parcels) in Eagle County.
• 42,630 acres (9 parcels) in Summit County.
• Largest parcel: Red Table in Eagle County — 62,990 acres.
• Smallest parcel: Ptarmigan Peak Wildlife Land Bridge — 270 acres.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. WE DO NOT NEED ANYMORE WILDERNESS IN THE STATE OF COLORADO. THEY ARE CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITY OF HARVESTING OF OUR NATURAL RESORCE’S AND THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT CAN ENJOY THEM ARE THE VERY YOUNG THAT CAN HIKE. wE NEED TO DO EVERY THING THAT WE CAN TO STOP THIS GOVERMENT LAND GRAB. WHO AND WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO SAVE IT FOR?

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  2. […] omnibus bill,  titled “The Great Outdoors Act of 2010,” included the Rep. Polis sponsored Hidden Gems bill and more than 110 land and water bills from across the […]

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