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Gems must succeed

Dear Editor:

For me, the decision to support the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal comes down to a simple equation. Given the explosion of mountain populations, our love of the high country and how quickly we’ve filled the valleys and ridges with our homes and roads, add how urgent the needs of gas, oil and mining interests become, then how much of our original ecosystem do we want to have left for our great-grandkids in a 100 years?

After all, that’s why we moved here. Wild beauty is what we base our economy on.

This is our moment to look ahead. In a hundred years anything that is not designated Wilderness now will likely not be preserved. How big do we want the island remnants of our wild ecosystems to be? Work with the Gems, carve out what we must, but make this effort succeed.

John Hoffmann

Carbondale


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