The San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act seeks to protect 61,000 acres of gorgeous and unique high elevation lands in southwestern Colorado. The Act would create additions to existing wilderness areas and protect some of the last remaining larger tracts of undisturbed wild lands in three counties (map).
Originally introduced by Congressman Salazar in October of 2009, this Act was developed through extensive collaboration with local leaders and stakeholders. As a result, the Act has broad community support from many citizens, county governments, surrounding towns, regional businesses, adjacent landowners and homeowners associations.
WCC members and allies from San Miguel, Ouray and San Juan Counties have worked for years to get this Act through a Congress that hasn’t passed any wilderness protection since 2013. And we’ll keep it up until this area gets to protection it deserves.
In total this Act would: