February 24, 1992
The assumption underlying new county ordinances is that grazing permits are the "intangible" property of the permittee. Federal agencies, meanwhile, insist that grazing permits have always been a privilege, not a right.
Colorado's wilderness bill -- a controversial compromise between Sen. Hank Brown and Sen. Tim Wirth -- was intended to create 641,690 acres of new wilderness. Instead, the bill has become an engine pushing on Colorado's water developers, environmentalists and bureaucrats to redefine the state's approach to water within and outside of wilderness areas.