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Slide show highlights wilderness proposals

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
The Thompson Creek area outside of Carbondale, with its distinctive red, stone "fins," is among the proposed wilderness areas that will be the focus of a slide show/lecture in Carbondale and Aspen this week. (Janet Urquhart/The Aspen Times)
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CARBONDALE ” Potential new Colorado wilderness areas, including the Thompson Creek area near Carbondale, will be the focus of a pair of Naturalist Nights presentations this week ” on Wednesday in Carbondale and Thursday in Aspen.

Steve Smith of The Wilderness Society will present “Wilderness Colorado: The Citizens’ Movement to Protect Natural Landscapes,” a photographic tour of landscapes contained within five different wilderness proposals currently on the table.

The free presentation is scheduled Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Dos Gringos, 588 Highway 133, Carbondale. Smith will repeat the presentation on Thursday, March 6, at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, again at 7 p.m.



As assistant regional director of The Wilderness Society, based in Glenwood Springs and Denver, Smith is helping lead several wilderness campaigns in Colorado. In his slide show, he’ll give an overview of the Hidden Gems, Colorado’s Canyon Country, Wild Ten, San Miguel-Ouray and Arapaho-Roosevelt wilderness proposals.

The Hidden Gems campaign is advocating for wilderness designation for nearly 700,000 acres in and around the White River National Forest, including a large portion of the Thompson Creek drainage and the Basalt Mountain/Red Table complex above Basalt.




For more information, contact the Wilderness Workshop at 963-3977.

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