Sen. John Hickenlooper introduced the bill in committee, emphasizing broad local support for the legislation.
“The bill has so many supporters… not just hunters and anglers and outdoor recreationists, but farmers and ranchers, as I mentioned, community leaders, mayors, and county commissioners, Democrats, Republicans, political persuasions of all stripes,” Hickenlooper said to the committee, adding that the bill also has support from the White House.
Around 70% of Coloradans support the CORE Act, according to a 2020 Colorado College poll, while almost 90% of Coloradans support creating new national parks, national monuments, national wildlife refuges, and tribal protected areas, according to a 2022 version of the same poll.
A handful of other bills aimed at protecting public lands received tie votes in the committee as well, further highlighting the partisan gridlock that currently dominates Congress. Those include the “Pecos Watershed Protection Act,” which would protect an area in New Mexico from new mining, and the “Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act,” which would designate and expand wilderness areas in the Olympic National Forest in Washington.
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Towns like Hayden, Oak Creek, and Craig will be able to use this just transition funding to invest in projects that diversify rural economies, incentivize new energy jobs, and provide workers with supportive career service… This is the large investment in rural Colorado that our transitioning communities deserve, and I am thrilled this bill is moving forward with strong bipartisan support.”
—Rep. Dylan Roberts, a Colorado lawmaker on just transition funding poised to pass the state legislature, Colorado Newsline
Mountain goats rest on snow patches to cool down on hot days. Climate change raises temperatures and shrinks snow patches. Researchers worry that these changes could lead to greater stress on the park’s cold-adapted goats.
Congress continues to consider same bills without taking action DENVER—Tomorrow, Thursday November 16, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee will hold a business meeting to consider pending legislation. Many of the bills being considered are land protection bills, some of which have been considered many times in previous years but have repeatedly died due to gridlock […]
DENVER—Colorado lawmakers Senator Michael Bennet, Senator John Hickenlooper, Governor Jared Polis, and Representative Joe Neguse sent a letter to President Joe Biden yesterday urging him to use the Antiquities Act and other presidential authorities to protect landscapes identified in the CORE Act. The letter asks Biden to use the Antiquities Act to designate Colorado’s Camp Hale and the […]
New analysis finds languishing bills and a broken committee FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 DENVER—As Congressman Rob Bishop gives his controversial Public Lands Initiative a markup in front of the House Natural Resources Committee today, a new analysis shows that as chairman of the committee, Rep. Bishop has worked to stifle locally-driven land conservation […]
Now that the dust has settled on the 2014 midterm elections, we can take a step back and look at how public lands and conservation played in two of the West’s most politically important states: Colorado and Montana. These two states tilt between red and blue in statewide elections, and the attachment that their voters […]
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is at a crossroads: On one side is the oil and gas industry that is seeking free reign in western communities and on public lands. On the other are Coloradans, Hickenlooper’s constituents, who are seeking an energy plan on Colorado’s terms that will responsibly use land and resources without sacrificing our […]