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Hidden Gems Wilderness Protection Bill Shows Lack Of Consensus

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ASPEN, Colorado -- U.S. Rep. Jared Polis will introduce a wilderness bill that provides some level of protection to roughly 70 percent of the lands targeted by environmentalists in Eagle and Summit counties as part of the Hidden Gems campaign.

But draft legislation released by the congressman shows that some high-profile jewels within the Hidden Gems will be left out of the bill, including Lower Piney north of Avon. In other cases, Polis is proposing a lesser protection than the wilderness designation.

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