Sacrificing public lands to sustain coal?

By Brett Henderson

A summer or fall drive over Kebler Pass into the Upper North Fork Valley is a rewarding trip for Gunnison Valley residents and visitors alike. The expansive views of the West Elk Mountains, with their iconic aspen forests, have inspired many to heed the call of the wild.

I did just that last week, venturing with my friends and colleagues into the Sunset Roadless Area on the northern flanks of the West Elk Wilderness. We have made this outing several times over the past few years, hiking, camping and exploring some of the wildest public lands in Gunnison County.

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