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Colorado senators introducing wilderness proposal

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet are sponsoring a bill to declare about 61,000 acres in southwestern Colorado as federal wilderness and special management areas.

The San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act would designate 33,000 acres as federal wilderness, much of it by expanding existing wilderness areas. Another 6,000 acres would be barred from oil and gas development.

Nearly 22,000 more acres would be managed to preserve their wilderness characteristics while allowing some outdoor recreation, including hiking, hunting and fishing.