Conservation Victory: Southwest Colorado May Get More Wilderness


The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources passed the San Juan Wilderness Act last week soon will pop up for a full House vote — protecting almost 62,000 acres in portions of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests in Southwest Colorado.

From the Durango Herald News:

The bill, introduced by Rep. John Salazar, D-Manassa, would provide permanent protection for some of Colorado's most-renowned views and mountains, including the slopes of Mount Sneffels and Wilson Peak…

"Today's passage of the San Juan Wilderness Act is a major step in the process and a victory for the communities of Southwest Colorado," Salazar said in a news statement. "This bill came from the ground up, from my constituents and local government representatives who came together to work out a bill with me that enjoys strong support on the ground.

"The bill will provide permanent protection for crystal-clear water and soaring peaks while protecting agriculture, grazing and water rights," Salazar said. "The stunning beauty of this region provides the economic driver for these communities."

Thanks to Conservation Alliance grantee Wilderness Support Center for making this happen!