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Polis to host Hidden Gems meetings


FRISCO – Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colo) released an initial schedule of events for public review of the Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal Wednesday.

The Hidden Gems Coalition recently submitted a formal proposal for new designated wilderness areas in the White River National Forest within Summit and Eagle counties. Polis is asking all stakeholders for their input and full participation in an extensive public review process.

“After receiving the coalition’s proposal, we now need the help of every possible stakeholder to put it under the microscope and make sure it checks out, before my office decides if or how we go forward,” Polis said. “Our goal is to examine this proposal area by area, trail by trail, and gather as much public input as possible. At the end of the day, if there are areas that are appropriate for wilderness designation, we will seriously consider thoughtful legislation for those specific areas, but areas that aren’t right for wilderness or our local communities will not be included.”

From April 22 through May 25, Polis’s Frisco office will hold open office hours to allow area residents and affected stakeholders to share their input, dissect proposal maps, and address questions regarding the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal with district representative Nissa Erickson. Individuals can also contact Erickson at (970) 668-3240 to schedule a separate meeting.

Polis’s office will soon release information on additional Hidden Gems meetings and community forums to be held when Polis is back in Colorado for Congress’s Memorial Day Recess, May 31 through June 4.

The congressman also urged residents to e-mail any detailed comments or known use conflicts on the Hidden Gems proposal to feedback.polis@mail.house.gov.

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