White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams brushed an ant off his neck Tuesday, then started swatting more off his body.

“The irony of stepping into an ant’s nest does not escape me,” he said to laughs as he spoke Tuesday during a visit to the high country in a far corner of Mesa County, southwest of Glenwood Springs.

Fitzwilliams was standing not just in an ant’s nest, but in the thick of the controversy involving what has become known as the Thompson Divide, an area advocates are trying to protect from oil and gas development.

Listening to him on one side of a forest road were about 40 of those advocates, who had camped out the previous night at the bucolic location amid the aspen, spruce and fir forests typical at 10,000 feet in elevation in Colorado.

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