Stand firm, support the Gems | AspenTimes.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Stand firm, support the Gems

Dear Editor:

Pitkin County has a long tradition of strong environmental ethics generally and especially preserving and protecting lands within its borders. An informative meeting was held recently in which representatives of the Wilderness Workshop met with the Pitkin County commissioners to explain where the Hidden Gems wilderness proposal currently stood and the elaborate steps taken to arrive there.

The commissioners heard how the Workshop met and negotiated with many groups to take their concerns into consideration, and how the Workshop had removed more than half the lands in Pitkin County from the original proposal to accommodate those concerns.

The process of protecting public lands is inevitably lengthy and unavoidably contentious. No question. However, the case has been well made for the need to protect midlevel habitat so that they remain wild for future generations. The longer the wait, the more difficult it will be. It certainly takes courage, vision and leadership for our commissioners to stand firm, upholding a tradition that has made the Roaring Fork Valley so special.

I urge all of the commissioners to find the strength and wisdom to support the Hidden Gems proposal, to do what they believe is right.

Peter Looram

Aspen


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User