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CORE Act reflects Colorado values

Hard as it may be for us to believe, Colorado is not for everyone — long winters, spotty cell service and more wildlife than humans — perfect, in other words!

It comes as no surprise, then, that a 2019 survey shows 69% of registered Colorado voters self-identify as conservationists; 65% believe it’s important to protect sources of clean water, our air qualit, and wildlife habitat, while also providing opportunities to visit and recreate on our public lands; and 73% say the ability to live near, recreate on and enjoy public lands is a significant reason why they live in the West. (https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/documents/SotR%20Fact%20Sheets_CO.pdf)

Similarly, it’s no surprise that the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act (the “CORE Act”), the comprehensive public lands bill that accommodates a broad range of recreational and agricultural uses and that just passed the House, is soundly supported by registered voters in Western Colorado: 67% support the CORE Act; 63% support dedicating additional, existing public lands as wilderness; and 60% believe Thompson Divide should be permanently off limits to oil and gas drilling and should be managed for preservation of wildlife and grazing operations. (https://coreact.org/poll)

So why wouldn’t our senator, Cory Gardner, want to see the CORE Act passed in the Senate? When presumably he and the Coloradoans he represents believe access to the outdoors, pristine landscapes and clean air and water are key to our quality of life, and indeed are a large part of why we choose to live, work and play here? Why wouldn’t he want Colorado to be the leader among western states, once again, in public lands conservation and stewardship?

If Sen. Gardner hears from you, he well might. Please call and encourage him to support the CORE Act in the Senate: 202-224-594. Thank you!

Karin Teague

Aspen


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