This is the fifth 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 about 380,000 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 REAL ESTATE, CARBONDALE – The 40,000 acres of the proposed Clear Fork Wilderness would run northwest from McClure Pass, encompassing both the Hayes Creek and Clear Fork roadless areas, most of which falls in the Gunnison National Forest.Clear Fork is pocked with meadows, conifers and a segment of what’s believed to be the largest aspen forest in the world.
By Andrew Travers, Mar. 5, 2010 Aspen Daily News

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