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Workshop deserves praise

Dear Editor:

The Hidden Gems wilderness proposal deserves the support of anyone who values healthy wild landscapes and quiet recreational opportunities.

There are already thousands of miles of designated motorized trails in central Colorado, but there is a certain segment of the population for whom there will never be enough. By the same token, there are plenty of us (I’m pushing Medicare age) who want our grandchildren (and the grandchildren of the lynx, trout, elk and pika) to have the same opportunities to experience solitude and silence that we had as kids.

When I get to an age where I can’t walk or ride a horse into wilderness, I’ll be happy to know that it’s still there for future generations, and content myself with tamer environs. The Wilderness Workshop deserves much credit for reshaping the proposal to satisfy more folks, and there will be more opportunities for input, but the bottom line is that motorized activities are incompatible with thriving wild habitat.

We humans simply need to get over the notion that we are entitled to travel everywhere we want to by whatever means we choose to use.

Veronica Egan

executive director, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Durango


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