Rep. Polis hosts meeting on Hidden Gems Thursday |

Rep. Polis hosts meeting on Hidden Gems Thursday

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
"Companion" areas — such as the one listed here for the Tenmile area of the Hidden Gems proposal — would allow flexibility for mountain biking and wildfire mitigation. People from Summit Fat Tire Society and the Hidden Gems

EDWARDS, Colo. – U.S. Rep. Jared Polis will host a public forum on the Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal at the Battle Mountain High School auditorium in Edwards from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The meeting is the closest to the Roaring Fork Valley among the three being hosted by the congressman.

The first meeting was held Tuesday in Boulder and the third will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the Breckenridge campus of Colorado Mountain College.

Seating is first-come, first-serve at the forums. People who cannot attend the meeting can contact Nissa Erickson at (970) 668-3240 to schedule a separate meeting with a Polis representative.

Polis is hosting the meetings to gather public input on the Wilderness proposal that was submitted to him by a coalition of environmental organizations headed by Wilderness Workshop of Carbondale. He is considering the introduction of a bill to get more land in western Colorado designated as Wilderness.

The Hidden Gems proponents have identified about 379,000 acres in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties they believe warrant special protection. Polis is holding a meeting just about the lands in Summit and Eagle counties, which includes 12,570 acres on Basalt Mountain.

Polis set up a website at where the public can view maps of the Hidden Gems proposal and submit comments on the individual areas under consideration.

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