06/17/2010 - A bill that would create and expand wilderness areas in Southwestern Colorado is headed to the floor of the U.S. House. Rep. John Salazar's San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act cleared the House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday. It would add protections to over 60,000 acres, and designate 33,000 acres as wilderness, including additions to the Mount Sneffels and Lizard Head Wilderness areas.
Durango resident Mike Matz, director of the Pew Environment Group's Campaign for America's Wilderness, says the bill would be a benefit to Coloradans who enjoy a range of activities.
"People who ride horses, people who enjoy hiking and fishing in remote places; local businesses in the towns of Dolores, Norwood, and Telluride."
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