One of the primary reasons I moved to Colorado was for the access to the state’s vast network of public lands. Presumably I’m not alone, and thousands of others live in Colorado for this same reason. In fact, a recent Colorado College report found, 84 percent of those surveyed choose to live in this region because of the ability to live near, recreate on and enjoy public lands like national parks and forests.
This didn’t happen by accident, and right now we have the opportunity to leave a legacy through support of Congressman Jared Polis’ Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act. This legislation would permanently protect about 60,000 acres of the White River National Forest in Eagle and Summit Counties — one of the s
tate’s most heavily visited areas. Among the great aspects of this legislation is that all existing uses would continue to be permitted in the future. It’s also important to note that this has been a community driven process from the beginning and is reflected by the wide array of support from local businesses, utilities, recreational users, and thousands of citizens like myself.
With an estimated 2 million people moving to the Front Range by decade’s end, it’s imperative that we protect wild lands such as those contained in Rep. Polis’ bill. If we don’t, the unique Colorado way of life could be lost affecting everything from our state’s economy, water quality, and wildlife. Please join me in supporting this effort by visiting www.continentaldivide.org.