Friday, September 18, 2015

Mesa County Commissioners oppose Colorado Wilderness Act

The Mesa County Commissioners on Monday are expected to adopt a resolution opposing the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2015 and calling on Congress to release all Wilderness Study Areas in Mesa County.

The resolution says this is "the latest annual attempt to create Wilderness Areas without the participation or endorsement of the communities in which the areas are located."

It also points that the Congressional representative who introduced the Wilderness Act does not live in or represent the congressional districts that would be most impacted by this legislation.

The Commissioners are concerned that motorized or mechanized recreation is prohibited in Wilderness Areas. The Wilderness Act would close off approximately 715,000 acres across the state to all mechanized use such as mountain bikes, chainsaws, ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles.

See the proposed resolution in full below:

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