This is the second in a weekly series profiling the areas proposed by the Hidden Gems campaign for federal wilderness designation. The campaign, led by Carbondale’s Wilderness Workshop, calls for more than 400,000 acres to be protected as wilderness. Most of the land is in the White River and Gunnison national forests, and includes areas in Pitkin, Gunnison, Eagle and Summit counties. An act of the U.S. Congress is required to designate new wilderness. The campaign has drawn criticism from some outdoor recreationalists, because all mechanized use and development is barred in federal wilderness.
ASPEN AND PITKIN COUNTY REAL ESTATE – Covering nearly 100 square miles between the Eagle Creek watershed and the Fryingpan River, the proposed Red Table Wilderness Area is the largest of the Hidden Gems proposals.
By Andrew Travers, Feb. 12, 2010 Aspen Daily News