Conservation of Public Lands for Wilderness and Recreation Will Benefit Colorado
The Wilderness Society today praised Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) for introducing important legislation that would conserve more than 58,000 acres of public lands in Colorado’s Eagle and Summit Counties including approximately 40,000 acres of wilderness and more than 18,000 acres as special management areas.
Rep. Polis worked closely with a wide variety of groups in Colorado to develop the legislation, called the Rocky Mountain Recreation and Wilderness Preservation Act. Groups supporting the bill include the town of Breckenridge, Eagle County, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, People for Bikes, International Mountain Biking Association and the Outdoor Alliance as well as The Wilderness Society.
The Tenmile Recreation Management Area, which is part of this bill, would preserve lands for recreation, scenic, and conservation purposes including mountain biking, hiking, hunting, fishing, skiing and horseback riding. This bill will help to sustain Colorado’s important $13 billion outdoor recreation economy.
Scott Miller, Southwest Regional Director at The Wilderness Society, says, “This legislation would deliver a combination of recreation, economic and conservation benefits to Coloradans, who would be able to enjoy these beautiful lands for generations to come. The additions to Colorado’s wilderness will have important ecological benefits for wildlife in our state. We thank Rep. Polis for his leadership and work with the communities and groups that would be most affected by the legislation. ”
The Wilderness Society is the leading wild public lands conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 500,000 members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 110 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands.