September 26, 2020

Congressman Neguse Statement on National Public Lands Day

Lafayette, CO –Today, Congressman Neguse is celebrating National Public Lands Day, which is organized annually by the National Environmental Education Foundation and several public lands agencies, including the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Forest Service. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this celebration brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country.

There are several ways for communities to get involved in National Public Lands Day:

Congressman Neguse has established himself as a champion of public lands throughout the 116th Congress, introducing the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, which would protect 400,000 acres of public lands in Colorado, two bills to expand protections in Rocky Mountain National Park, and large-scale conservation initiatives such as the 30x30 Resolution, which would set a national goal of protecting 30% of our nation’s public land and water by 2030.

“Our public lands are ingrained in who we are as Coloradans. Protecting these places for generations to come has become a cornerstone of my work in Congress,” said Congressman Neguse. “Our public lands are increasingly imperative to our physical and mental health as well. As COVID-19 has changed the way we live, public lands have served as a refuge for communities to experience both the recreational and therapeutic benefits of being outdoors. I hope our fellow Coloradans take a moment today to reflect on the importance of these places, consider volunteering their time to their favorite parks, and spend quality time in these treasured landscapes.”