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Dear Editor:

To Colorado state senators, and the people of Colorado: My name is Matt Hultquist. I am a 37-year local of the Roaring Fork Valley, born and raised. I wanted to express my opinion concerning the Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign proposal.

I am a single father of two young daughters, and we spend a lot of time in the areas being proposed. It is my opinion that if there is going to be a bill passed considering new wilderness, the very first one should read something of this sort.

In consideration of new wilderness proposed:

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1. Should have to be approved and backed by the Forest Service, to be acceptable as “wilderness designation.”

2. If and when approved and backed by the Forest Service as acceptable, shall then be sent to the Senate of Colorado, to be passed on to the people of Colorado in the form of a state-wide vote.

I say this because I don’t believe it is fair to the people of this state to be pushed aside while private entities try to make designations and lobby the state in regards to the people of Colorado’s land. These are public lands and therefore any decisions regarding our land should be “our” choice. I personally am highly against the large amount of land that Wilderness Workshop is asking for, and that is what has prompted me to write this letter.

Matt Hultquist

Glenwood Springs


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