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What’s right then is right now

Dear Editor:

I am going to be 87 this July, and of those 87 years I have spent 61 in Aspen. Of those 61 years I have had the privilege of climbing and hiking in our beautiful backcountry, and serving on Mountain Rescue for more than 30 years and as president of the Colorado Mountain Club Aspen chapter for 42 years.

When I first came to town we did not have any Wilderness areas; you could, and we did, jeep all over the high country. Then in the early 1960s there was a proposal to have the Maroon/Snowmass area protected under the Wilderness Act. Not everyone was for it. I remember they even sent out some big shot from Washington to interview people in the area, me included. I was very much in favor of protecting those areas, and when I look back I know we did the right thing.

We need areas where there are no motor vehicles, a place where the animals can live in peace! That is why I support the new Wilderness areas proposed for the Hidden Gems and I hope you will support it, too. We won’t regret protecting it for the future.

Jack de Pagter


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