Salazar to dedicate new Colorado wilderness area
ESTES PARK, Colorado ” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and three Colorado members of Congress will attend a ceremony dedicating a newly designated wilderness area in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The ceremony will be Thursday at the YMCA of the Rockies’ Estes Park Center.
Salazar, a former U.S. senator from Colorado, will be joined by Park Superintendent Vaughn Baker, Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and congresswoman Betsy Markey.
President Barack Obama signed a bill last month setting aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness. That includes nearly 250,000 acres of Rocky Mountain National Park.
The park, about 50 miles northwest of Denver, has about 265,000 acres total. Before passage of the law, about 3,000 acres of the park were designated wilderness.