Wilderness – A Fine Christmas Present

Marla and our buddy, Tim Poppe admire the view from the 14,083′ summit of Mount Eolus, Weminuche Wilderness Area, CO

Last week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that (then George Bush’s Interior Secretary) Gale Norton’s 2003 “no more wilderness” policy would be overturned. Millions of acres of wild lands, mostly in the West, are now eligible for Wilderness protection. People who apparently hate wilderness are already shouting about locking up Western lands… from what? More drilling and subsidized mining and logging? Secretary Salazar is to be commended for taking this important step to develop responsibly and make certain that important National treasures are identified and protected. Sometimes progress is measured by reason, temperance, stepping back and admiring the view.

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