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Bingaman and Udall introduce legislation to protect

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    "The Columbine-Hondo is one of the last remaining segments of this high alpine ecosystem to receive permanent wilderness protection. The time has come to permanently protect the Columbine-Hondo.  After many years of hard work by local community leaders, a nearly unanimous consensus has formed in support of protecting this landscape as wilderness." Bingaman said when he introduced his bill.

    Senator Tom Udall has co-sponsored the bill adding "The Columbine-Hondo Study Area is a home to diverse wildlife, a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and an important watershed. It's a New Mexico treasure and this wilderness designation will preserve its pristine meadows and towering peaks for future generations."