Measure would protect 170,000 acres in Eagle and Summit counties
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Hidden Gems proposal to add big chunks of new wilderness in Colorado’s White River National Forest has now been set forth by Congressman Jared Polis in draft legislation.
The Eagle and Summit County Wilderness Preservation Act takes much of the vision of the Hidden Gems and turns it into a concrete reality, wilderness activists said in an e-mail to members and supporters of the plan.
The measure would protect nearly 170,000 acres in Eagle and Summit County with either wilderness designation or as special management areas that allow helicopter training while providing maximum landscape protections. Click here to read the draft bill.
The protection areas include all or portions of the following Hidden Gems proposal areas: Adam Mountain, Acorn Creek, Bull Gulch, Castle Peak, Freeman Creek, Hoosier Ridge, No Name, Pisgah Mountain, Porcupine Gulch, Ptarmigan A, Red Table, Spraddle Creek, Tenmile, Ute Pass, West Lake Creek, Williams Fork, and Woods Lake wilderness proposal areas. Also included were the Hoosier Ridge and Tenmile companion designation areas. See the map.
In all, the proposed legislation contains 14 wilderness areas, two companion designation areas and three special management areas. The companion areas are located in Summit County, and were the result of negotiations between Hidden Gems, the town of Breckenridge and the Summit Fat Tire Society, a mountain biking group. The special management areas are designed to provide wilderness quality landscape protection while supporting continued military helicopter training.