As we all know, the Hidden Gems proposal is currently in the process of community outreach. I have enjoyed seeing the passionate discussions regarding the campaign that have evolved throughout the past weeks on this site and in the media in general.
As a supporter of the the Hidden Gems, I feel that it is important for me to tell you that the proposed areas provide us with clean air and water, are critical habitats for wildlife, and are virtually untouched playgrounds for our non-motorized recreation (a $10-billion part of our Colorado economy). This includes activities such as rock climbing, hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and canoeing.
For years, the Wilderness Workshop has met extensively with different user groups in the valley (including climbing groups, local land owners, as well as RFMBA). The result of these vibrant discussions has included removing areas from the proposal for rock climbing (in order to allow for future bolting) and various areas important to the mountain biking community.
I personally ask that you proclaim your support for the Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal by signing the following petition: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5857/t/6890/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=510
The Wilderness Workshop will publicize the list of names that is gathered to demonstrate that, "contrary to the impression that a few noisy interest groups are trying to create, there's a silent majority who support wilderness designation for the Hidden Gems." You don't need to live near the White River or Gunnison Forests for your support to count!
Thanks and happy climbing