Hidden Gems wilderness proposal contentious

This aerial photo shows the Red Table area in the Hidden Gems wilderness proposal. It’s northeast of Basalt. Red Table Mountain is managed as a wilderness study area, which Gypsum town manager Jeff Shroll said provides the latitude to do fire-prevention work, properly fight fires and do reclamation work after fires. He has concerns about losing that ability.



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This aerial photo shows the Red Table area in the Hidden Gems wilderness proposal. It’s northeast of Basalt. Red Table Mountain is managed as a wilderness study area, which Gypsum town manager Jeff Shroll said provides the latitude to do fire-prevention work, properly fight fires and do reclamation work after fires. He has concerns about losing that ability.

As Kurt Kunkle flew recently over the snowy spires of Colorado’s central mountains, he kept his eyes peeled instead for the green of surrounding forests and meadows. Repeatedly, he…




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