Friday, October 1, 2010

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced H.R. 6280 – The Eagle and Summit County Wilderness Preservation Act

Thank Rep. Polis for his NEW WILDERNESS BILL!
Last night, Hidden Gems advocates watched from the gallery above the chamber of the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. as Congressman Jared Polis walked down the aisle and delivered the Eagle and Summit County Wilderness Preservation Act to the house clerk! His draft legislation became a bill: H.R. 6280.

Click to read the bill.

It was thrilling - a moment we will not forget for a long time. I wish you could have been there to see it with us. Years of fieldwork, organizing, letter writing, negotiations, and countless e-mails, phone calls, endorsements and letters of support all culminated in a simple act. It was a landmark moment in the effort to achieve new wilderness in central and western Colorado.
Thank you for all you have done to get us to this point. We wouldn't be here if it were not for your work. And neither would the beautiful places below that we will share with generations to come.

As we thanked Rep. Polis for his leadership in protecting the special lands in Eagle and Summit Counties, he mentioned how important it had been to him to receive so many expressions of support for new wilderness as he worked on the bill. He also mentioned that if people were excited to hear about the bill's introduction that he would like to hear that as well.

Let's share with him how excited we are!

Rep. Polis is a true wilderness champion. Please take a moment to let him know how excited you are about new wilderness in Summit and Eagle Counties! Click here to send a letter to Congressman Polis.
And if you are a mountain biker, click here to include in your letter to him why you support wilderness as a biker.

The CMC Conservation Department and the Hidden Gems Team thank you for your continued support.

If you support this bill and the CMC Conservation Department's efforts, please take a moment to share the below message with your friends.




Dear Friend,

I just wrote a letter in support to Congressman Polis thanking him for introducing a new wilderness bill in Eagle and Summit Counties. Can you take a moment to write him as well. If we can show a groundswell of support it will encourage senators Udall and Bennet to introduce their own bill and give Mr. Polis the support he needs to push hard for passage of his bill this year. It takes less than a minute. Thanks so much.

Here's the link where you can send the letter- it just takes a few clicks!

If you are a mountain biker click here or go to this link

For more information on the bill go to

Now is the time. Your support is needed. Please write a letter today!