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Report: CO Wilderness Worth More Than Its Weight in Gold

September 28, 2007

Paonia, CO – A new report finds the greater economic value of public lands in some parts of Colorado and the West is in its preservation, not in extracting resources through logging, mining or drilling. The report from The Wilderness Society highlights some towns that are benefitting from public lands in ways that don’t involve energy development.

Dave Knutson with Chaco Footwear Company in Paonia points to two new upper-level employees who recently took jobs with his company, in large part, because of where it's located.

"In both cases, the ability to recreate, hunt or fish on our uncrowded public lands was a factor in their decision to join us."

Knutson's company has drawn several employees from the energy industry.

"Many of our hourly employees have come from the local mining industries, preferring the stability and working conditions we provide. Many of our professional employees, including me, were attracted to jobs with Chaco because of the proximity to the West Elk Wilderness and skiing on the Grand Mesa."

The Wilderness Society's report analyzed Department of Commerce data to demonstrate a comparatively small role extraction industries have played in some regional economies in the last 30 years. It also illustrates a lasting negative impact of heavy industry on Colorado towns. The report concludes the role of public lands and wilderness in some Western economies is growing, while the importance of oil and gas and other extraction industries in those areas is waning.

The report is online at

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO