Vail Daily letter: Hidden dump, or Gems?
Vail, CO, Colorado
Before you exclude some of the islands of wilderness in the Hidden Gems proposal, I suggest you drive out and take a look at the lower east end of the Cottonwood Pass Road and the roads that branch off up Red Hill and into other surrounding areas.
This will give you an idea of what happens to federal land when it is accessible to vehicle traffic.
The trash in this little corner of Eagle County makes the county dump look a pristine paradise. I think we have to face the fact that if people can haul stuff in their cars, trucks, ATVs, etc., they will. And many of them will leave their empty cans, plastic containers and essentially whatever they don’t want at home, out on the federal land.
If vehicle access is restricted, the dumping will be restricted as well.