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Udall’s vision will have lasting impact

Dear Editor:

The chance to make a real and lasting impact in the world comes along rarely. Sen. Mark Udall’s announcement that he is proposing new wilderness for Colorado, including lands in the Roaring Fork Valley, is one of those moments. The lands in his proposal, if designated as wilderness, would be distinct among other wilderness lands in our area. They are low-elevation lands, which are crucial for wildlife and are rarely protected within the wilderness system.

I applaud Sen. Udall’s efforts and strongly encourage him to add more lands to his proposal. Basalt Mountain in particular is a crucial piece of low-elevation lands that is filled with excellent habitat and helps provide a key link across the Roaring Fork Valley. After hiking and climbing up the awesome Seven Castles area, I knew how special it was.

Its location, adjacent to Red Table Mountain (included in Sen. Udall’s proposal), only enhances its ecological and recreational value. Protected together, the two areas would provide one of the largest unfragmented sections of low-elevation land in the state. I am grateful for the vision and work of Sen. Udall.

The opportunity to create wilderness doesn’t arise often, and I encourage Sen. Udall to take full advantage of this opportunity and protect as much land as possible.

Katey Buster


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