Rep. Salazar proposes expansion of wilderness

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Rep. John Salazar has released a draft proposal to set aside an additional 63,475 acres of federal wilderness in San Miguel, Ouray and San Juan Counties.

The Colorado Democrat's proposal includes land in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison and San Juan National Forests and Bureau of Land Management areas. Commissioners in the three counties have requested the land be declared federal wilderness.

The proposal would add 3,374 acres to the Lizard Head Wilderness and about 22,000 acres to the Mt.
Sneffels Wilderness.

Salazar's office is taking public comments on the proposal.

Motorized vehicles, logging, mining and roads aren't allowed in wilderness areas.

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