Vail Daily letter: Hidden Gems a huge step |

Vail Daily letter: Hidden Gems a huge step

Ben Talbot
Eagle-Vail, CO Colorado

I just read that the Hidden Gems campaign has submitted its wilder-ness proposal for review to our con-gressional delegation. I am excited to see that this project is finally moving forward. As a Vail Valley local of 28 years, I believe this proposal is an important step toward preserving not only the beauty of the area but also the creatures with whom we share the valley.

Many people don’t realize how lit-tle this proposal will affect recre-ation in Eagle County, yet the bene-fit to wildlife could be immeasura-ble. Many of our alpine vistas are protected, which are wonderful for us to enjoy, but much of the lower valleys that animals call home have yet to receive any type of secured lands. Habitats for lynx, white-tailed deer and bighorn sheep, to name a few, will be expanded to areas free from extensive human influence. I am intimately familiar with many of the proposal areas, and these places deserve the best protec-tion possible, which is wilderness designation.

I urge our elected officials to sup-port this proposal so we may share these lands with wildlife and future generations. Check out the proposal maps at www. whiteriverwild. org if you want to learn more.

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