Effort afoot to revive San Juan Mountain Wilderness Act proposal

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Effort afoot to revive San Juan Mountain Wilderness Act proposal

Languishing bill gets new push from regional leaders
Views of Sheep Mountain from Lizard Head Pass. The proposed San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act would designate more than 21,000 acres of the mountain as a special management area.
Wilderness proposal

The San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act would:
Designate the Last Dollar and Liberty Bell additions to the south side of Mount Sneffels Wilderness, including the area above Telluride (San Miguel County), as well as the Whitehouse addition to the east in Ouray County.
Designate the Wilson, Sunshine, Lizard Head and San Bernardo additions to the Lizard Head Wilderness.
Establish an 8,614-acre BLM Wilderness area at McKenna Peak, the first wilderness designation in the Dolores River watershed.
Create the 21,697-acre Sheep Mountain Special Management Area, including Ice Lakes Basin near Silverton and alpine terrain near Ophir, grandfathering in existing uses such as heli-skiing, but prohibiting any new roads or development.
Withdraw some 6,500 acres in Naturita Canyon from eligibility for mineral leasing.
Source: Western Colorado Congress

Effort afoot to revive San Juan Mountain Wilderness Act proposal

Views of Sheep Mountain from Lizard Head Pass. The proposed San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act would designate more than 21,000 acres of the mountain as a special management area.
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