Local Group Works On Problem Of Private Lands In Wilderness Areas

Jul 30, 2014

Two hikers trudge on in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness. The area still contains private inholdings but a Carbondale group is working to make those lands public.
Two hikers trudge on in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness. The area still contains private inholdings but a Carbondale group is working to make those lands public.
Credit Marci Krivonen

The U.S. Wilderness Act turns 50 this year and one challenge facing these lands today is the number of private inholdings inside them. Within the nationwide Wilderness System, about 180,000 acres are privately owned. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Reid Haughey, President of the Wilderness Land Trust, which started in Aspen in 1992.

Reid Haughey is director of the Wilderness Land Trust, a Carbondale-based organization that aims to add private inholdings to the nation’s wilderness system.