Reverse course on "no more wilderness" policy

Posted: Oct 30, 2010

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Denver Post

Seven years ago, the U.S. Interior secretary and the governor of Utah cut a land management deal that has reverberated across the West ever since.

Through an unprecedented interpretation of federal law, this agreement allowed for the removal of federal protections from some 2.6 million acres of public land in Utah being contemplated for wilderness
preservation. The resulting national policy, which came to be known as "no more wilderness," has left some 500,000 acres of prime wilderness areas in Colorado vulnerable to activity, such as drilling, that could
make it forever ineligible for protection.

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