Hundreds expected for Edwards Hidden Gems forum |

Hundreds expected for Edwards Hidden Gems forum

BOULDER, Colorado – U.S. Rep. Jared Polis is talking with voters about a divisive plan to designate about 380 square miles in northern Colorado as wilderness. Polis is holding talks in Boulder Tuesday, in Edwards Thursday and in Breckenridge Friday.

The Edwards event will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Battle Mountain High School. Hidden Gems supporters anticipate 400 to 500 attendees.

Polis is hosting community forums in Colorado to talk about the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal before introducing a bill in Congress.

The proposal would set aside more wilderness lands. But that would mean those lands would be off-limits for snowmobilers, ATVs and mining and logging.

The proposal has also raised concerns because the Army uses some of it for high-altitude pilot training.

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