Dottie, Connie, Joy — those names form a mantra summoning an invaluable wilderness heritage. Without the beloved “Maroon Belles,” our vast and beautiful wilderness areas would not be so vast and not so beautiful in their vastness.

Dottie Fox and Joy Caudill are gone, leaving Connie Harvey as the last of a triumvirate that directed their life energies to conserving as much wild land as they could squeeze into a wilderness bill over 50 years ago that more than doubled the size of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.


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