The Hidden Gems Wilderness campaign seeks to turn 342,000 acres in Summit, Eagle, Pitkin, and Garfield Counties into ... well, wilderness. But the plan is controversial. Many groups say wilderness protection is too strong and would prevent recreation in places and could even harm tourism. But proponents say it's the only way to truly protect vast swaths of land for future generations. This series looks at the proposal and the forces and politics surrounding the campaign.
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There's a movement underway to cancel several leases in the Thompson Creek area near Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Leading that charge is the Thompson Divide Coalition. KDNK's Conrad Wilson stat down with TDC member Jock Jocober.
The Thompson Divide Coalition will meet Thursday, September 3 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Carbondale Rural & Fire Protection District Fire House meeting room on Highway 133.
The drop off in gas prices has drastically slowed drilling in the areas surrounding the Roaring Fork Valley. A recent report estimated that 46-percent of Colorado's drilling rigs were out of production. Land just over the hills surrounding Aspen and Carbondale is leased for drilling. And as KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports some groups worry that once fuel prices rebound places used for recreation and ranching could be developed.