Congressional Targets: U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner | U.S. Representative Joe Neguse

Action: Thank Bennet and Neguse for introducing the CORE Act. | Urge Gardner to support it.

Earlier this year, Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Joe Neguse 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, honor our veterans and founding-members of the modern ski industry by establishing the nation’s first National Historic Landscape at Camp Hale, and increase public access to, and management of, fishing areas in the Curecanti National Recreation Area.

The CORE Act passed the U.S. House on Oct. 31, 2019 and it still doesn’t have the support of Senator Cory Gardner. While other Colorado public lands bills are circulating in Congress, the CORE Act is the best opportunity and the closest our community has come to realizing permanent protections for Thompson Divide and Continental Divide. Mr. Gardner needs to hear from his constituents that we want these landscapes protected and ANY public lands legislation that leaves them out is unacceptable.

Take action:
Tell Sen. Bennet and Rep. Neguse thank you for introducing and championing this visionary and comprehensive bill to protect some of Colorado’s wildest places. Urge Sen. Gardner to vote YES for the CORE Act when it reaches the Senate.

Draft letters to all three are provided at the link below. You can also call Mr. Gardner at (202) 224-5941.

Once you’ve submitted a letter to Sen. Gardner, please help us keep the pressure on him by:
• Posting photos and videos of yourself recreating on public lands to social media, with a message asking him to vote YES for the CORE Act.
• Calling him directly
• Spreading the word about the CORE Act on social media and asking your friends and family to contact Mr. Gardner.