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Proponents urge Rep. Polis to move on wilderness plan

DENVER (AP) – Supporters of designating 342,000 acres as federal wilderness in western Colorado are urging Colorado Rep. Jared Polis to introduce a bill to start the process.

Proponents say more than 3,000 voters and residents have signed a letter of support for the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal in Eagle and Summit counties. The proposal includes public land in Pitkin and Gunnison counties, too.

Businesses, including the Aspen Skiing Co., have endorsed the Hidden Gems plan. The Eagle County commissioners and the town of Breckenridge are among the local governments supporting it.

Opponents include people concerned about recreation and the ability to fight fires being curtailed.

Polis is gathering feedback on the proposal. A spokesman for the congressman say he’s taking time to build consensus.

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