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Vail Valley congressman to gather input on Hidden Gems

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Congressman Jared Polis, who represents the Vail Valley, has scheduled public reviews of the Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal.

Supporters of the wilderness expansion plan – which includes land in the Vail Valley – recently submitted to Polis a formal proposal for the White River National Forest within Summit and Eagle counties.

“After receiving the coalition’s proposal, we now need the help of every possible stakeholder to put it under the microscope and make sure it checks out, before my office decides if or how we go forward,” Polis said. “Our goal is to examine this proposal area by area, trail by trail, and gather as much public input as possible.



“At the end of the day, if there are areas that are appropriate for wilderness designation, we will seriously consider thoughtful legislation for those specific areas, but areas that aren’t right for wilderness or our local communities will not be included.”

From April 22 through May 25, Polis’ Frisco office will hold open office hours to allow people to give their input, look at maps and ask questions of Polis’ representative for the area, Nissa Erickson.



The office hours are:

• April 22: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• April 29: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.



• May 5: 9 a.m. to noon

• May 12: 9 a.m. to noon

• May 18: Noon to 3 p.m.

• May 25: Noon to 3 p.m.

Information on additional Hidden Gems meetings and community forums to be held when Polis is back in Colorado during Congress’ Memorial Day recess – May 31 to June 4 – will be released soon.

Residents also can send comments to Polis at feedback.polis@mail.house.gov. Erickson can be reached at 970-668-3240.


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