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Report touts local Colorado conservation efforts in support of Biden’s 30×30 goal

BY: - July 28, 2021

A coalition of local government officials from across the West on Wednesday released a report highlighting the region’s efforts to support President Joe Biden’s “America the Beautiful” initiative, which aims to boost conservation nationwide with an eye towards protecting 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. “The America the Beautiful goal to expand conservation […]


America the Beautiful initiative is right on time

BY: - June 30, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has reaffirmed for me just how lucky I am to live in Colorado. As households across the country spent months in lockdown, a trip to the great outdoors provided much needed physical, emotional and spiritual escape. And here in Colorado, we are fortunate to have so many national parks and green spaces […]

Bennet, Hickenlooper tout CORE Act in Senate committee hearing

BY: - June 16, 2021

Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper spoke in support of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, a bill that would establish a variety of protections for more than 400,000 acres of federally-owned land across Colorado, during a hearing on Wednesday before the Public Lands, Forests and Mining Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural […]

U.S. House panel divides on party lines over how to better conserve public lands

BY: - March 24, 2021

In a preview of the arguments likely to be repeated as the Biden administration and Congress work toward conservation goals, Democrats on a U.S. House panel Tuesday outlined what they say is a need for aggressive action on climate. But Republicans worried increased federal involvement would be counterproductive to conservation goals while hurting rural economies. […]

Conservation groups cheer House passage of Colorado public lands package

BY: - February 26, 2021

Colorado conservation advocates are cheering the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of a bill that would establish new or permanent protections for more than 1 million acres of federally-owned land across the state. By a vote of 227-200, the House on Friday passed H.R. 803, the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, with four […]

Colorado lawmakers debate public lands legislation on House floor

BY: - February 25, 2021

Democratic and Republican members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Thursday took sharply differing positions on a major package of public lands legislation as it was debated on the floor of the House of Representatives. Rep. Joe Neguse, a Democrat from Lafayette and the newly elected chair of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and […]

Rep. Boebert spars with Colorado Democrats as public lands bill advances in House

BY: - February 23, 2021

With Democrats newly in control of the White House and the U.S. Senate, a legislative package that includes two long-anticipated Colorado public lands bills appears headed for swift passage in the House of Representatives — over the objections of the congresswoman who represents the Western Slope district where much of the affected land is located. […]

Public lands protections could move ahead in Congress this year

BY: - February 4, 2021

Democrats in Congress have a rare opportunity to advance an ambitious public lands agenda — if they can keep their tenuous majorities in line.

Colorado Democrats reintroduce CORE Act into a friendlier Congress

BY: - February 3, 2021

Local officials from the Western Slope joined members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Tuesday to launch their latest effort to enact a major package of public lands legislation, amid renewed hopes for its passage in a Democratic-controlled Senate. Democrats Rep. Joe Neguse of Lafayette and Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper announced that they will […]

Colorado Wilderness, CORE acts not included in defense spending bill

BY: - December 4, 2020

Colorado conservation advocates were left disappointed this week after congressional negotiators announced a compromise on a $731 billion defense spending bill that didn’t include a pair of public-lands bills passed by Democrats in the House of Representatives earlier this year. The conference committee for the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, convened last month […]

Trump officials cast doubt on CORE Act in Senate testimony; Gardner absent

BY: - November 18, 2020

After a years-long wait, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act finally got its first hearing in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, but Republican lawmakers and top public lands officials in President Donald Trump’s administration made clear that the conservation package isn’t a top priority. In a hearing of the Public Lands, Forests and Mining […]

Sierra Club endorses Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate

BY: - August 4, 2020

Climate advocates consider former Gov. John Hickenlooper to have a less-than-perfect record on the environment. That didn’t stop the Colorado Chapter of the Sierra Club from endorsing the Democrat for U.S. Senate over incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner. “Colorado deserves a Senator who will prioritize public lands and conservation from day one, not just when […]