Maddie Rehn is a rarity in Crested Butte- she grew up in the mountains of Colorado, rather than the midwest or east coast like so many locals here. Spending time in the Colorado Outdoors gave Maddie a love for our public lands, and now she works to protect that amazing public resource. 78% of Gunnison County is public land, and it’s the reason why so many of us live here- to ski, bike, hike, snowmobile, hunt and more. Public lands are literally our backyard, and it’s important that we protect it, while also continuing to enjoy it.
The Gunnison Public Lands Initiative (GPLI), which Maddie coordinates, is a coalition of diverse interests seeking to find compromises and common ground in the way that our public lands are managed. In some cases, that may mean new Wilderness areas, or Special Management areas where the uses are clearly defined. In other areas, it means maintaining the status quo. This is an ongoing process, so if you’re interested at all in the public lands of Crested Butte and Gunnison, you’ll want to listen to this episode and then learn more about the proposals.
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