Vail Daily letter: Supports Hidden Gems |

Vail Daily letter: Supports Hidden Gems

Anne Esson
Vail, CO, Colorado

I write to support the Hidden Gems Campaign to designate as wilderness areas such Eagle County parcels as Spraddle Creek, Mt. Thomas, and Deep Creek.

As a monitor of rare plants for Betty Ford Alpine Garden, as a spotter of invasive, noxious weeds for Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness, and as a surveyor for the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas, I can vouch for the need for wilderness protection for native plants, wildlife, and songbirds found in these also very scenic areas.

Clearly every cut into formerly pristine forest, however well-meaning, creates avenues for penetration of these unique areas by noxious weeds, predator and parasitic birds, thereby threatening native plants, wildlife fodder, and our songbirds and native wildlife.

Wilderness protection would ensure that roads for timber harvesting, pipelines, power lines, ski area and ATV access, could not further fragment these parcels and put native plants and wildlife at risk.

Both for their aesthetic and for their natural resource values, I urge the public and their representatives our county commissioners to support resolutions calling for wilderness designation of these proposed parcels.

Citizens can join this effort by contacting Susie Kincade, Eagle County coordinator for the Hidden Gems Campaign, at

Anne Esson

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