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Letter: Keep public lands public

Here in Colorado, we know how important our incredible national public lands are to the lifestyles that we live and love every day. That's why we regularly celebrate them with a great day of skiing or by hiking with our families rather than allow them to fall prey to a few fringe activists who seek to transfer them into state or private control, whether lawfully or unlawfully.

I want to thank Sen. Kerry Donovan for recognizing our love for national public lands and standing up to support them. She recently introduced a bill into the Colorado Legislature, Senate Bill 21 — Public Lands Day — aimed at designating a state holiday to celebrate the gift of our public lands. Unlike the outlaws in Oregon, true Westerners know that without access to our public lands, we'd lose a lot of what makes our region great: open access for recreation, a boon to our local businesses and rural economies, and backyards that are a treasure for the whole country.

Donovan's bill just had a hearing and is now awaiting a vote. Let's show our support for our neighbor and leader and her proposed Colorado Public Lands Day. Thank you, senator, for continuing to fight to keep our public lands in public hands.

Kelly M. Kury

Aspen

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