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Come forward, Wilderness Workshop

Dear Editor:

It has become apparent that the Hidden Gems folks have fallen short of keeping their word again! After repeatedly suggesting they (Sloan Shoemaker and Susie Kincaid) want to engage in dialog with the whole community, they have refused an invitation to present their Wilderness proposal to the Garfield County commissioners, planners and residents of our community. This would appear to be the perfect place to openly discuss their proposals.

Does the Wilderness Workshop expect us to sit by while they bypass the Forest Service advice and proven procedure of Wilderness designation, plus bypass the studies needed to determine economic and environmental impact? Are we supposed to “look the other way” at the lack of ability to manage our forest? Are we really supposed to sacrifice our community quality of life and economic prosperity for a Wilderness proposal that doesn’t even come close to meeting the established Wilderness criteria?

While Garfield County has only a small amount of acres in the Hidden Gems proposal, we are surrounded by the acres that are being proposed. I believe we deserve to hear the proposal in its entirety, and I believe we deserve to be heard, as this Wilderness designation has the possibility to have a very negative impact on our valley’s economy and on our way of life. So we ask you again Wilderness Workshop, please present your Wilderness proposal to the Garfield County community.

Nancy Williams

Glenwood Springs

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