March 27, 2019

Neguse Secures Hearing for First Major Legislation to Preserve Colorado’s Public Lands

Washington D.C.—Congressman Joe Neguse has secured a key hearing for the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, his first major piece of legislation since taking office. The hearing is scheduled in the Natural Resources subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands on Tuesday, April 2nd and will include witness testimony from Dan Gibbs, Executive Director of  the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

In addition, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, or the CORE Act, led by Congressman Joe Neguse and Senator Michael Bennet has gained support from all democratic members of the Colorado delegation. Congresswoman Diana Degette, Congressman Ed Perlmutter and Congressman Jason Crow are all co-sponsors of the legislation, bringing critical support from a majority of lawmakers in Colorado. The bill would preserve approximately 400,000 acres of public land across the state, including over 100,000 acres along the Continental Divide, 61,000 acres in the San Juan Mountains and would remove nearly 200,000 acres in the Thompson Divide from future oil and gas development.

Since introducing the CORE Act in January, the legislation has received statements of support from several stakeholders, including the counties of Eagle, Summit, San Juan, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison, and Pitkin; the cities of Glenwood Springs and Carbondale; the towns of Ridgeway and Crested Butte; and the Outdoor Industry Association, Conservation Alliance, and Vail Resorts.

“I am proud to spearhead this effort in the House to protect Colorado’s precious public lands and boost our state’s outdoor recreation economy,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “I’m proud to see the CORE Act included as one of the first bills to be heard before the Natural Resources Committee, and am excited to have critical support from our colleagues in Colorado, local municipal leaders and the outdoor industry. We are seeing early momentum on this bill and I look forward to continued work to get this legislative package over the finish line.”

“The name of the bill says it all: We don’t have to choose between protecting public lands and boosting the economy. Coloradans reject that idea. We believe protecting the places we love drives economic growth,” said Senator Michael Bennet. “Congressman Neguse and I are grateful for the diligence of communities across Colorado who developed the CORE Act over the last ten years, and we welcome the support of our Colorado colleagues. We look forward to working with the relevant committees, both in the House and Senate, to move this bill forward.”

“Preserving and protecting Colorado’s natural landscape for future generations to enjoy has always been a one of our delegation’s top priorities,” said Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-01). “And this bill will help us do exactly that by setting aside hundreds of thousands of additional acres for Colorado’s residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come.”

“Colorado’s natural beauty and public lands are one-of-a-kind,” said Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO-07). “By creating new wilderness areas, preserving existing public lands and protecting our world-class outdoor recreation opportunities, all Coloradans will be able to access the best of what Colorado has to offer today and for generations to come.”

“Colorado has a proud tradition of protecting public lands and the CORE Act continues that by ensuring that they will be there for future generations to come,” said Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06). “I'm pleased to join Senator Bennet and Rep. Neguse in supporting this historic bill that will help protect our wildlife and supports Colorado's outdoor recreational economy."