Month: August 2010

SkyHiDailyNews » Polis’s plan whittles Hidden Gems lands

Polis’s plan whittles Hidden Gems lands | SkyHiDailyNews.com.

…The Hidden Gems coalition asked Polis to designate nearly 244,000 acres in Eagle and Summit counties as wilderness. After holding public hearings and having his staff explore specific areas, Polis pared about 74,000 acres out of the Hidden Gems request. The draft bill proposes wilderness or some other level of protection on nearly 170,000 acres, according to an analysis by Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop, a proponent of Hidden Gems.

“In our mind, it’s really a great step forward,” said Pete Kolbenschlag, director of the Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign. “We don’t look at it as a disappointment.”