Congressional Targets: U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner | U.S. Representatives Joe Neguse and Scott Tipton
Action: Thank Bennet and Neguse for introducing the CORE Act. | Urge Gardner and Tipton to support it.
Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Joe Neguse have bicamerally introduced the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act, a comprehensive public lands bill that would protect wild places throughout Colorado, each of which have been a part of individual legislative proposals in the past. Specifically, the bill will create new and sustainable recreational opportunities and expand Wilderness in the White River and San Juan National Forests, permanently withdraw the Thompson Divide from new oil and gas leasing, and formally establish three reservoirs along the Gunnison River as the Curecanti National Recreation Area.
Representative Tipton is currently circulating draft public lands legislation that he hopes to introduce this September, the Colorado Recreation Enhancement and Conservation (REC) Act. While there are some worthwhile protections for public lands in Mr. Tipton’s bill, it unfortunately leaves out protections for huge swaths of lands in the Thompson Divide outside of Carbondale, as well as the Continental Divide in Summit and Eagle Counties. This is highly problematic because the provisions that would protect these areas in the CORE Act (Titles I and III) have been introduced as stand-alone legislation in the past, and are the result of more than a decade of community conversations, stakeholder engagement and compromise.
Tell Sen. Bennet and Rep. Neguse thank you for introducing this visionary and comprehensive bill to protect some of Colorado’s wildest places. Urge you Sen. Gardner and Rep. Tipton to work together with the rest of our delegation to ensure Titles I and III of the CORE Act, which would protect Thompson Divide and Continental Divide, are passed into law. Draft letters are provided at the link below. You can also call them. Tipton: (202) 225-4761 | Gardner: (202) 224-5941