A gift of wilderness

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On December 22, 2010 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued an order that will go a great distance toward restoring balance to the management of BLM lands and assuring that one of the greatest values of our public lands, wilderness, is protected. The protection of the wilderness characteristics on public lands is a high priority for me, and I strongly believe wilderness protection should be a top priority for the BLM in its stewardship of its lands for all Americans. I have hiked a lot of Colorado's 8 million acres of BLM lands, much of them red rock country and sandstone arches no less spectacular than what we enjoy in southern Utah, but also alpine beauty and “fourteeners” such as Handies and Redcloud Peaks in the San Juans. I very much appreciate our Colorado secretary's efforts to ensure the endurance of these sublime places.