Vail Daily letter: Hidden Gems misleading
Vail, CO Colorado
Hidden Gems supporters have stated, “These are not areas where people play now.” This is just one part of a very mislead-ing and untruthful campaign. This proposal affects hunters, fishermen, mountain bikers, campers, groups with younger children and older adults, the disabled and practically every outdoor enthusiast unless you are hiking or riding a horse. The proposal also does not want any logging of beetle-killed trees.
Look at the maps on www. whiteriverwild. org; it will only take a few minutes. You’ll be surprised at how many of these areas have been used by outdoor enthusiasts for decades with established trails and roads. Once you look at the maps, you’ll decide if this is something you want. Maps include Spraddle Creek, West Lake Creek, popular areas south of Eagle and along the Colorado River. Most of the areas do not meet the definition of wilder-ness as defined by the Wilder-ness Act of 1964. For an oppos-ing view of Hidden Gems, see http://www.whiteriverforestalliance.com. Any group can propose wilder-ness. Don’t be misled about Hidden Gems. Please write a let-ter and let the following people know if you think it should be designated wilderness: • U. S. Rep. Jared Polis: http://polis.house.gov; Boulder office, 303- 484- 9596; Washing-ton office, 202-225-2161.
• Sen. Mark Udall: http://markudall.senate.gov; Grand Junction office, 970- 245-9553.
• Sen. Michael Bennet: http://bennet.senate.gov; Grand Junction office, 970- 241-6631.
• Eagle County Commissioner Sara Fisher: sara. fisher@eagle-county.
us. • Eagle County Commissioner Peter Runyon: peter. firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Eagle County Commissioner Jon Stavney: jon. stavney@ eaglecounty.us.
Commissioners’ mailing address: P.O. Box 850, Eagle, CO 81631- 0850; phone number: 970- 328- 8605; fax number, 970-328-8629.
The next step for Whiteriver wild.org is to go after the Flat Tops. I feel this is an extreme environmental group that wants to decide how you will use the national forests.
–Mike Duffy, Eagle