June 26, 2019

Congressman Neguse’s Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act Passes Committee

Washington, D.C.— Today, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, major public lands legislation introduced by Representative Joe Neguse and Senator Michael Bennet, passed the House Natural Resources Committee with a vote of 23-15. This is the first major Colorado public lands legislation to pass Committee in the U.S. Congress in over a decade. 

“I’m proud to champion this legislation, along with Senator Michael Bennet, that truly was crafted by Coloradans. This legislation has broad local support from counties and towns across the state, as well as support from the outdoor recreation industry, sportsmen, ranchers and conservationists. The CORE Act provides a bold vision and permanent investment in the public lands that fuel our economy and I’m excited to see it head to the House floor for a full vote,” said Representative Joe Neguse.

“I am thrilled to see the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act pass the House Natural Resources Committee today,” said Governor Jared Polis. “As a Congressman, I was proud to champion the Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and Camp Hale Legacy Act with Senator Bennet. The CORE Act incorporates this legislation into a robust public lands package that preserves new wilderness areas and new recreation and conservation management areas across the state. I commend Congressman Neguse on his efforts to move a bill that is so important for Colorado’s outdoors, our economy and to celebrate our military heritage.”

Pictures from the markup can be viewed here. 

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act preserves approximately 400,000 acres of public land in Colorado. Of the land to be protected, about 73,000 acres are new wilderness areas, and nearly 80,000 acres are new recreation and conservation management areas that preserve existing outdoor uses, such as hiking and mountain biking. The bill also includes a first-of-its-kind National Historic Landscape to honor Colorado’s military legacy at Camp Hale. 

The CORE Act is supported by a majority of the Colorado delegation, the counties of Summit, Eagle, San Juan, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison and Pitkin, the cities of Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, and the towns of Ridgway, Crested Butte, Ophir, Telluride and Basalt.

A full list of quotes from stakeholders is available HERE.

The following resources for the CORE Act are available below: