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Hidden Gems kicks off volunteer program with Gypsum training

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Gypsum, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign is launching a volunteer program to help finalize mapping and check areas proposed for protection in preparation for legislative action in Congress.

The Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign is advocating for several new wilderness areas in and around the White River National Forest, as well as significant expansions of popular existing wilderness areas such as the Holy Cross and Eagles’ Nest.

“We’re inviting hikers and all who love the backcountry to be part of the on-the-ground work of this campaign. It’s a way to get to know some of these beautiful and important places we are trying to protect, and to hike with a purpose,” said Susie Kincade, the campaign’s Vail/Eagle River Valley organizer.

Inventory Corps recruits must attend an initial training on field-checking protocols and equipment. The first training is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13, in the Grizzly Creek area, west of Gypsum in Glenwood Canyon.

For more information and to register for the Hidden Gems Inventory Corps, go to http://www.whiteriverwild.org or call Stewart at 970-963-3977.

Kincade is also offering educational outreach about the Hidden Gems throughout the summer, contacting individuals, civic groups, ranchers, and local governments. To host a presentation or learn more, contact her at 970-328-5472 or susiek@whiteriverwild.org.

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