Members of congress are proposing to designate nearly 1 million acres of land in Colorado as wilderness. Proponents say it’s a no-brainer, and crucial to protect some of the state’s most beautiful mountain landscapes for future generations. But the wilderness plans have divided many in the environmental community. The latest proposal is from U.S. Representative Jared Polis. It would cover areas in Summit and Eagle counties near Vail. And as Bente Birkeland reports, the measure has brought up a much broader discussion about land use, conservation, and recreation.

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