From Durango to Commerce City, lawmakers across Colorado are cheering the new "wild lands" policy announced recently by the Bureau of Land Management. Seventy state and local leaders sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Thursday supporting the revised policy, which streamlines wilderness protections.
Art Goodtimes is a San Miguel County commissioner. He says a healthy ecological system equals a healthy economy.
"The scenic vistas, the ability to hike and fish and hunt in wilderness areas, are critical to our tourist economy in Telluride. Most of the people in the summer who come to Telluride come because of the wild beauty that's all around us..."