Vail Daily letter: Wilderness important |

Vail Daily letter: Wilderness important

Vail Daily
Vail, CO Colorado

I am writing to convey my support of the Hidden Gems wilderness campaign. I was born and raised here in Eagle County and plan to live here for a long time.

I currently enjoy our two wilderness areas – Holy Cross and Eagles Nest. I hunt, fish, hike, camp, ski tour and enjoy the beauty of our mountains in these two wilderness areas.

The Hidden Gems will provide an unbelievable opportunity to preserve our beautiful mountains for generations to come.

We have overdeveloped our valley floors and need to leave enough pristine wilderness for nature so that we can enjoy why we live here.

Wilderness is a gift to the people of our country. Everyone can enjoy it even if they are only looking at it from afar.

Most normal people cannot afford a pristine, 100-acre ranch in Colorado, but wilderness provides all of us with ownership of land that is natural and always will be.

I know that many people who use mechanized travel are upset about the proposal. I understand their complaints, as I avidly ride my mountain bike and use a car to get to many of the wilderness areas. We have plenty of trails in our county for mountain biking, and there are very few roads that are affected by the proposal.

Please join me on June 3 at the new Battle Mountain High School from 4:30 to 7 p.m. to meet Jared Polis and support wilderness.

Wilderness can only be saved now – it cannot be created after we have destroyed it.

Kevin Hochtl, Vail

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