Jim Jiminez: Another uninformed opinion on wilderness | SummitDaily.com

Jim Jiminez: Another uninformed opinion on wilderness

Jim Jiminez

Abby Dixon, of Edwards, asserts that the Hidden Gems proposal “will protect our most threatened pristine wild places in Colorado.” Threatened by whom? What’s really being threatened – by the HG proposal – is the freedom of choice.

Pristine wild places! Perhaps she should get out and look at these areas and decide how pristine some of these proposed areas are. There are areas that are directly next to I-70 and neighborhoods.

The HG proposal has already shown its ignorance by proposing that High Altitude Training Centers used by the army be included in the Wilderness designation.

She then asserts, “Our forest use policies should be democratic…” What she fails to mention is that the democratic process of public comment has been usurped. Few if any public meetings have been held by the HG folks. The only public meetings have been publicity stunts to get county boards of directors to approve their proposal.

There are many more alternate designations that can be applied to these areas that “can protect these lands for the future!’

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