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Plenty of land for everyone

Dear Editor:

Thank you for finally printing a positive side about the Hidden Gems proposal. There is so much fear and negativity spewing from the opposition, it is like a wildfire. I would ask everyone who cares about our backyard wilderness areas: 1) Did everyone agree with John Muir? 2) Did everyone agree with Teddy Roosevelt? Nope. Both men stood up for wilderness areas with integrity. And during those land protection initiatives, there were way less people tromping around.

Today, a new wilderness initiative makes sense. Snowmobilers, hunters, mountain bikers, ATVs and dirt bikers don’t get carte blanche passes to be anywhere they choose. To begin with, going off trail isn’t accepted backcountry etiquette. If there are specific areas the opposition is questioning, I would urge those areas be pointed out and discussed. Generalizing that the proposal is going to take away all access is simply not accurate. Nor is economic livelihood being threatened by the careful protection of Colorado’s wilderness areas. If anything, it will be a huge enhancement. What is causing the wildfire is out-of-control fear-based emotions.

An example of backcountry management – there are designated landing areas for heli-skiing, to protect wilderness and man. The Hidden Gems initiative has a goal to protect pristine wilderness areas. And as said before, there is plenty of land to go around.

Nancy Chromy

Redstone

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