Thank you for the excellent story about Trout Unlimited's efforts to make the Alpine Triangle a National Conservation
Area (Herald, March 4) and the editorial (March 5) supporting the idea.
Only lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management are eligible for NCA status, and two other NCAs on the Western
Slope include Gunnison Gorge, below Black Canyon National Park, and the recent Dominguez-Escalante NCA on the lower
Congress creates NCAs after much local input, and it's that kind of bottom-up support that Trout Unlimited is working
to foster. Good for them. Think of the four-wheel-drive roads that will be protected as well as all the historic mining
structures. I'm particularly excited about turning long-standing wilderness study areas like Handies Peak, Red Cloud
and others into full-fledged congressionally approved wilderness.
ATV riders also should support this bill because it will protect their access on existing designated routes. Good for
Trout Unlimited for opening a Durango office and supporting this timely idea.
And you thought they were just about fishing.
Andrew Gulliford, Durango