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.
Local Targets: Garfield Board of County Commissioners
Action: If you’re a Garfield County resident, call the commissioners and let them know that you disagree with their decision not to endorse the CORE Act, and withdrawing their decades-long support for permanent protection from new oil and gas leasing in the Thompson Divide.
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.
Action for congressional representatives:
Tell Bennet and Neguse thank you for introducing this visionary and comprehensive bill to protect some of Colorado’s wildest places and urge Gardner and Tipton to support it. Draft letters are provided at the link below. You can also call them. Tipton: (202) 225-4761 | Gardner: (202) 224-5941
Action for local elected officials:
In February, the Garfield County Commissioners reversed their decade-long support for permanent legislative protection for the Thompson Divide, and refused to endorse the CORE Act, despite overwhelming bi-partisan support for the initiative by their constituents. Recently, they decided to revisit their stance on the bill. If you’re a Garfield County resident, they need to hear from you. Please call your commissioners TODAY and let them know that the Thompson Divide deserves permanent protection through a legislative mineral withdrawal. Thank them for their consideration of support for the bill.
Tom Jankovsky: 970-384-3665 | John Martin: 970-945-5004, ext. 1010 | Mike Samson: 970-625-5914
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