Erin Makowsky: Support for more wilderness |

Erin Makowsky: Support for more wilderness

Erin Makowsky

I just read the your recent article reporting on the poll showing 2-1 support in favor of the Hidden Gems. Reading other articles about the Hidden Gems, it sometimes felt like support was divided or even against this campaign. The poll confirms what I had suspected; there is strong and widespread support for protecting our beautiful surrounding wildlands and clean water with wilderness designation. It was also was good to read about the strong support (63 percent) from mountain bikers and even off-roaders (51 percent) for the Hidden Gems. I mountain bike both here in Summit County and in the Roaring Fork Valley and would love to see lands in both places protected. Nearly all of the people I ride with also support the Hidden Gems, and it has been frustrating to be portrayed as anti-wilderness just because biking is one of the many ways in which I spend time outside. It seems like the extensive stakeholder outreach process the Hidden Gems campaign has gone through is now paying off: A large majority support the proposal, the town of Breckenridge just endorsed the Hidden Gems and almost every mountain biker I talk with thinks we can have new wilderness as well as quality mountain biking. We live in such a beautiful place; it’s important to protect it, and the Hidden Gems will help do exactly that.

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