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Backing the Gems

Dear Editor:

I am in favor of the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal. I think this is a well-thought-out plan and makes sense as we go into the future.

Now is the time to set aside this valuable land. I have been a backcountry user most of my life and am convinced people need more of this type of recreation. It is the driving force for the economy in the mountains. It is also a necessity for the animals that habit our land. The Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal appears in large part to be setting aside roadless areas that are buffer zones to our existing wilderness.

I own and operate the Polar Star Inn. The Polar Star Inn has been a part of the Tenth Mountain Hut system since its inception in 1987. I have seen first hand the effect this type of activity has on people and families. It is nothing short of miraculous. The simplicity of hiking, skiing and horseback riding without the interruption of motorized vehicles cannot be overstated.

Thank you for reading this, and please make the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal a reality.

John Seipel

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