DURANGO, Colo. - A federal proposal to turn portions of the San Juan Mountains into a wilderness area is getting support in the U.S. Senate.
The San Juan Wilderness Act crossed an important threshold Tuesday, passing the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It now goes to the full Senate.
According to the Durango Herald, the bill would designate 61,000 acres as wilderness in the San Juan Mountains in San Juan, Ouray and San Miguel counties.
A wilderness designation prohibits permanent roads, commercial buildings, mining and timber cutting.