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Graze on this

Dear Editor:

Wow, now there’s a new angle from uber-bikers (and friends) John Fox-Rubin and Art Burrows – Wilderness designation will basically wreck some of our most pristine lands, because existing grazing rights would continue to be recognized.

Good news, guys! Tens of thousands of acres of the proposed Hidden Gems Wilderness have no existing grazing rights attached to them. Designating these lands “Wilderness” will forever protect them from grazing, and will protect all the Hidden Gems lands from drilling, logging and motoring. All of these impacts, including grazing, can be incorporated in the “natural protection areas” you tout as an alternative.

You may be willing to risk such impacts for the sake of some new mountain bike trails. But for those of us who daily give thanks for some of the cleanest air in the lower 48 and the thriving populations of elk, trout, and other native fauna and flora that the Maroon Bells-Snowmass, Collegiate Peaks, Raggeds, and Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness areas support – lands not exactly “wrecked” by Wilderness designation – we’ll take wilderness any day.

Karin Teague

Basalt

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