I would like to thank the Vail Daily for publishing the Feb. 17 article “Crossing the Divide.” I would strongly recommend to those interested in the subject matter to head to imba.com and watch the video described in the article. You can find the link under “IMBA news.”
I myself do not mountain bike. I prefer to shoulder a multi-day backpack and walk deep into Holy Cross and Eagle’s Nest wilderness areas, often times going where very few people ever see.
Because of this experience, I have developed a deep appreciation for what we are so blessed to have here. I know for fact that if many of the people reading this could share the same wilderness experiences, you would see this same benefit, as well.
The new proposal floated from U.S. Rep. Polis and Sen. Udall involves input from all user groups — hunters, fishers, mountain bikers, hikers, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, conservationists, etc.
We all want the same thing when it comes to the protection of our recreation areas, and sometimes this has caused unnecessary conflicts. This was something that I personally had to get over. I applaud the Wilderness Workshop and IMBA for working out a solution that benefits both parties (and all of us), and having the humility to come to the table and work together.
Udall’s proposal reflects the concerns he’s heard from interested stakeholders. All of the recreation opportunities stated above drive our local economy and continue to keep our area thriving.
In addition, this would continue to ensure our high standard of clean air and water that many of us strive to maintain. Please join with me and voice your support for the protection of these critical lands — not only for us and our future generations, but for the health of our ecosystems and wildlife preservation.
Over 350 local businesses have pledged their support and individuals are encouraged to send comments to Sen. Mark Udall at www.tinyurl.com/udallheritage. Please ask Udall to introduce legislation this year to commemorate 50 years since the Wilderness Act was passed in 1964. After Lyndon Johnson signed this act, he stated, “If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.”