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Udall doing the right thing

Dear Editor:

I’ve lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for much of my life, and every year, I gain a deeper appreciation for our local wilderness areas. I am thrilled to learn that Sen. Mark Udall has launched a proposal to protect additional wilderness in the central mountains of Colorado, including areas such as Hay Park (skirting Sopris) right in our front yard.

I recently learned that the majority of Colorado’s existing wilderness is high-elevation land, primarily consisting of rock and ice. One of the core intents behind Udall’s proposal is to extend protection to more ecologically diverse mid-elevation areas. This will help ensure that local wildlife can continue to move from the high country into the forests and meadows that provide critical habitat for mating, birthing and migration and will preserve many of the tributary creeks and streams that feed the Crystal River and Roaring Fork watershed.

For most of the people I know in the Roaring Fork Valley, wilderness is one of the main reasons that we live and work here. It’s a part of our culture, our economy and our community.

Thank you Sen. Udall for embarking on an effort that will benefit not only all of your current constituents but also generations of Coloradans and Americans to come. I hope designating wilderness remains one of your top priorities and urge you to consider adding lands to your current proposal.

Sen. Udall is currently seeking input on this proposal. For more information I encourage everyone to visit http://www.markudall.

senate.gov/?p=form=52 .

Ashley Muse


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