Colorado

Aug 12, 2010 8:15 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Wilderness plan could close area to recreation

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has released a draft proposal that would designate nearly 90,000 acres in western Colorado as new federal wilderness areas and another 80,000 acres as special management areas or additions.

The Colorado Democrat says he hopes to introduce a bill in the fall to preserve the areas in Eagle and Summit counties that people agree should be wilderness.

Polis says he will keep trying to build consensus on other proposed wilderness areas supported by groups behind the Hidden Gems Wilderness plan. That plan would set aside 342,000 acres as new wilderness areas in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties.

Opponents include people who use the areas for recreation. All-terrain vehicles and mountain bikes are among the activities prohibited in wilderness areas.

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