Posted on March 26, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Eagles Nest Wilderness, Summit County, Colorado. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
Local meeting set to take input on latest wilderness plan
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Local residents will have a chance to weigh in and ask questions about the latest version of a plan to add big chunks of new wilderness in Summit County this week, when members of Sen.Mark Udall’s staff hold office hours in Breckenridge (3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College).
The session is aimed at connecting constituents with staffers who can answer questions, show constituents draft maps of the proposed areas, and start gathering public comment on the plans for the Central Mountains wilderness (Summit, Eagle and Pitkin counties) and the Arkansas River Canyon and Browns Canyon (Chaffee County). The public is invited to attend these office hours.
The wilderness plan started out as a citizen-driven initiative, as volunteers worked to identify areas that may meet wilderness standards. It became the Hidden Gems proposal, then later was modified slightly and shaped into a legislative proposal by Congressman Jared Polis. (more…)
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Posted on March 14, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Economic benefits of quiet recreation are profound
Wilderness is good for business.
By Josh Lautenberg
Senator Mark Udall is right on target when he talks about the value of protected wilderness for our local economy.
Here in Vail, and in places like Aspen, Snowmass Village, Eagle and Breckenridge, our economy has prospered over the years in large part because of its location in the heart of the Colorado Rockies.
So how does wilderness support the economy?
Because of their famous majesty and beauty, the Rocky Mountains attract visitors from around the world. Think of all the people who can’t wait to leave behind the noise and pollution of the city to come here for their week or two in the mountains. To be able to smell the fresh air and stare at the perfect Colorado blue skies. (more…)
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Posted on March 4, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Gore Range, Eagles Nest Wilderness Area.
Public comments wanted
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Sen. Mark Udall’s staff this month will start taking public input to help shape a possible wilderness bill that could encompass many parcels of land previously included in the grassroots, citizen-driven Hidden Gems wilderness campaign, as well as a House bill introduced by Rep. Jared Polis.
The first meeting is set for March 14 at the Avon library (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Another meeting is planned for later in the month in Summit County, where there has already been an extensive collaborative stakeholder process to discuss potential wilderness additions and other specially designated recreation and conservation areas.
Udall has said his wilderness effort will be a community-driven process that could also result in designation of the Arkansas River Canyon as a national monument and Browns Canyon as a new wilderness area.
Udall met with business community leaders in Eagle County this week to get some additional input. He has touted the wilderness and monument designations as a benefit to the state’s recreation economy.
Draft maps and other information on the proposals are online at Udall’s website.
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Posted on February 27, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Protected areas touted as driver of recreation economy
Summer in the Eagles Nest Wilderness.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — A slew of wilderness proposals for lands in Summit and Eagle counties that have been stuck in a gridlocked, do-nothing U.S. House of Representatives could gain traction in the Senate, where Mark Udall says he will introduce a wilderness bill once he’s taken input from local communities and other stakeholders.
“Starting today, I am kicking off a collaborative, community-driven process to listen to the community and create legislation to protect Colorado’s outdoor heritage in two very special places in our state – the Central Mountains and the Arkansas River Canyon,” Udall wrote on his blog. (more…)
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Posted on May 8, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Biodiversity, climate change, snowpack and the Colorado River …
This chinstrap penguin may soon be even more lonely, as global warming depletes the species' food source. Chinstrap penguin numbers have dropped by half the past 30 years. COPYRIGHTED PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
SUMMIT COUNTY — An environmental story about a stunning decline in Antarctic penguin populations was the most-viewed story the past few days at Summit Voice, garnering more than 700 page views. Stories on record snowpack, national forest plans and the Colorado River next on the list, and, showing the global voice of Summit Voice, a pair of stories about oceanography rounded out the top six. Click on the headlines to read the stories and please pass them along via your own social media networks with the share button at the end of each story.
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Posted on April 22, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Whittled-down Hidden Gems plan now faces Republican House majority
Proposed new wilderness areas in Summit and Eagle counties. Click on the map to see a full-size pdf version at Scribd.com.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — A proposal to add about 88,000 acres of new wilderness in Summit and Eagle counties is back in play, this time facing a more hostile U.S. House of Representatives with a Republican majority that has spent the past few months attacking the Obama administration’s public land policies during budget hearings.
Congressman Jared Polis re-introduced his Eagle and Summit County Wilderness Preservation Act this week. Click here to visit the Polis wilderness website.
In addition to designating 88,000 acres as wilderness, the bill, as it was presented last year, would also protect another 78,000 acres as recreation and conservation areas, open to mountain bikes, but with extractive activities prohibited, with exceptions for forest health treatments and fuel reduction projects. (more…)
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