This is the first 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 PITKIN COUNTY REAL ESTATE – The proposed Basalt Mountain Wilderness covers roughly 20 square miles of forest land just north of the town that shares its name.
By Andrew Travers, Feb 5, 2010 Aspen Daily News

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