Polis introduces Eagle and Summit County Wilderness Preservation Act before Congress adjourns

By David O. Williams
Real AspenOctober 1, 2010
Red Table would receive wilderness protections under U.S. Congressman Jared Polis' plan.

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, introduced a scaled-down wilderness proposal Wednesday night just as the House wrapped up earlier than expected with some major unfinished business left for a lame-duck session after mid-term elections in November.

Polis at that point hopes for his Eagle and Summit County Wilderness Preservation Act to be referred to the House Natural Resources Committee for review. Then, regardless of whether Republicans regain control of the House, he hopes his bill can find enough votes either as a stand-alone piece of legislation or part of a broader wilderness bill.

The Polis bill would protect nearly 166,000 acres of public land in Summit and Eagle Counties — 88,000 as wilderness and 78,000 as special management areas, including for high-altitude U.S. Army National Guard helicopter training near Eagle.

The bill is a far cry from the controversial Hidden Gems wilderness proposal that called for more than 300,000 new acres of wilderness designation for U.S. Forest Service lands and some BLM acreage in Eagle, Summit, Gunnison and Pitkin counties. Polis, who 2nd Congressional District only includes Eagle and Summit, trimmed nearly 80,000 acres from the nearly 245,000 acres Hidden Gems proposed for the counties in his district.

His scaled-down proposal gets the language on the record and could be incorporated in a larger proposal, but 3rd Congressional District Democrat John Salazar – whose district includes Gunnison and Pitkin — already has championed the San Juan wilderness bill and has been bucking the Democratic agenda as a Blue Dog fighting for re-election.

Groups such as the White River Forest Alliance, which opposed Hidden Gems because of restrictions on motorized travel such as mountain biking, four-wheeling and snowmobiling, are pleased to see Polis' scaled-back plan, according to the Aspen Times, although they are not endorsing the new plan.

Some Vail Town Council members included comments of support for the Polis bill despite the overall council tabling a resolution of support because of concerns voiced by the local water district. The council later approved a resolution of support in a 5-2 vote last month.

Here are comments of local support issued in a release by Polis' office Thursday:

“The vitality of our mountain resort economy flows from the natural environment around us and the balance between use and enjoyment and preservation of important lands. Congressman Polis' Eagle and Summit County Wilderness proposal has been tailored to help protect some of the more vulnerable lands adjacent to existing wilderness, while still leaving plenty of public lands for the mixed uses many of our residents enjoy. This is a real gift to future Eagle County residents.”

Jon Stavney, Eagle County Commissioner

“The preservation of our natural resources is not only good for our economy but for future generations. Protection of land, wildlife habitat, and water resources is absolutely vital to our future. Once these resources are gone, they are irreplaceable.”

Margaret Rogers, Vail Town Council member

“We're in the tourism business and people come to mountains to experience the natural beauty of Colorado, so it only makes sense that we preserve the scenic, wild areas near Vail for posterity. Polis' bill captures what we hope to achieve to protect our community's best interest.”

Andy Daly, Vail Town Council member

“Rep. Polis' action today is a giant step forward in securing Colorado's natural legacy. Wilderness designation will help protect our remaining intact ecosystems, wildlife habitat and migration corridors. I applaud Congressman Polis, his dedicated staff, and the many groups of people doing the difficult work of reaching consensus.”

Karn Stiegelmeier, Summit County Commissioner

“I appreciate the Congressman's efforts and his staff's efforts to listen to a great variety of parties. I am pleased that the parties sat down and have been working on these companion designations. I know I applaud the Congressman's efforts in getting us as much wilderness as he can.”

Dr. John Warner, Town of Breckenridge Mayor


comments: 6 Comments on "Polis introduces Eagle and Summit County Wilderness Preservation Act before Congress adjourns"

Johnwe – Feb. 22, 2022, at 12:36 a.m.

Companies selling weight loss coffee focus on a few means by which their coffee is supposed to help you lose weight. First off, they claim their coffee will help curb your appetite. This is obviously helpful since the less you eat, the fewer calories your body needs to burn, and thus the more weight you lose. The other side of the argument here is that just drinking the coffee itself can add calories, and associated activities can be unhealthy as well. If you add cream and sugar to your coffee, those are both high calorie foods. What Is MCT Oil In Bulletproof Coffee

Johnwe – Feb. 25, 2022, at 12:09 a.m.

Developers of iPhone apps are reaping huge profits. However, you do not need to have a big company or be a skilled online marketer to be able to develop applications for the iPhone on your own. With the right knowledge and tools, it is possible to gain profit from selling iPhone applications even if you do not have programming skills. What Bank Does Cash App Use

Johnwe – March 01, 2022, at 12:10 a.m.

Credit card use in the U.S. is growing rapidly with just over 14% of Americans holding more than 10 cards. Take on board the fact that the average American holds four credit cards and it becomes patently obvious that credit cards now play a major role in our day to day lives... evolve card store merchandise

Johnwe – March 08, 2022, at 3:17 a.m.

You may want to block porn from your, or somebody else's, computer for a number of reasons. Find out how you can effectively block porn sites from your computer. პორნო საიტი

Johnwe – March 12, 2022, at 11:53 a.m.

When researching something as important as debt relief companies for your financial further, you may want to look at the best companies that are going to be helpful, that you can depend on and that is going to do the job that you acquired them for. And also do the job right with your interest as top priority. With this in mine I have reviewed debt relief companies and these two companies have proven to be the best. Curadebt

Johnwe – March 13, 2022, at 8:14 a.m.

Do you truly have the proper concept of Cardio? This question arises because so many people don't have a clear understanding of Cardio and maximum heart rate. You need to know how to get your heart rate up to certain levels and how to maintain those levels to reach certain Fitness Goals like weight loss. You also need to calculate your heart rate, but you can learn all about this by following this article. Cardio clear 7

COMMENT
Comment Form Info  Comment Information
Real Aspen encourages you to post comments on our articles and blogs. Logged in email is required for monitoring purposes. Your email will not be published and will not be distributed to any third-party. Abusive, obscene, profane, threatening, libelous or defamatory comments are prohibited. By posting a comment, you agree to this policy and our terms of use. To report an abusive posting, please contact us.

To make a comment, please log in or create an account. This helps us prevent spam and other malicious attacks.

Please log in to comment

 

Create a user account to comment

Snow Report

  24hr snow mid dpth snow cond.
A-Basin n/a n/a
Aspen n/a n/a closed
BC n/a n/a closed
Breckenridge n/a n/a closed
Buttermilk n/a n/a closed
Copper n/a n/a closed
Crest. Butte n/a n/a closed
Eldora n/a n/a closed
Heavenly n/a n/a closed
Highlands n/a n/a
Howelsen n/a n/a closed
Keystone n/a n/a closed
Kirkwood n/a n/a closed
Loveland n/a n/a
Monarch n/a n/a closed
Northstar n/a n/a closed
Powderhorn n/a n/a closed
Purgatory n/a n/a closed
Silverton n/a n/a closed
Ski Cooper n/a n/a closed
Ski Granby n/a n/a closed
Snowmass n/a n/a closed
Steamboat n/a n/a closed
Sunlight n/a n/a closed
Telluride n/a n/a closed
Vail n/a n/a closed
WinterPark n/a n/a closed
Wolf Creek n/a n/a closed
More Weather Reports
VIDEO GALLERY
Vail powder day snow snake
Airing it out at Crested Butte
Feb. 17, 2011 Surprise 14 inches of Fresh Powder