Conservation

Congressman Neguse serves as Chair of the U.S. Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. Since his election to the position, he has launched his “Restoring Our Lands and Communities Agenda” to preserve Colorado’s public lands, invest in the outdoor recreation economy and tackle western wildfires. 

Since his first days in office, Congressman Neguse has made preserving public lands a hallmark of his work in Congress. He introduced the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, or the CORE Act in the House and secured passage of the bill through Congress three times with bipartisan support. Neguse has also introduced a proposal to create a 21st Century Climate Conservation Corps to put Americans to work on public land maintenance projects, as well as proposals to invest in regenerative agriculture on public lands. Five of the nine bills he enacted into law last Congress directly impact public lands in the 2nd district, including his proposals to expand the boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park, make a boundary adjustment in Arapaho National Forest, protect wildlife in the Platte River Basin and ensure local water access at the Bolts Ditch Headgate. 

Congressman Neguse has enacted the following laws to protect our public lands: 

Congressman Neguse has introduced the following bills: 

  • 21st Century Conservation Corps Act: A bold proposal to reimagine the conservation corps of the 1930s by investing $9 billion in the creation of a 21st Century Civilian Climate Corps and making major investments in wildfire preparedness, access to the outdoors and support for outdoor retailers and guides. 

  • Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act: The CORE Act works to preserve 400,000 acres of Colorado’s public lands, invest in the state’s outdoor recreation economy and honor Colorado’s military legacy through the designation of Camp Hale as a National Historic Landscape.  

  • Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership Act of 2021: This bill formally authorizes the United States Department of Agriculture’s Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership Initiative to better support forest and grassland restoration projects across public and private land. The unique nature of this initiative is that it supports voluntary restoration projects, across ownership boundaries, so that treatments can occur across a landscape, rather than stopping at public or private land. 

  • Secure Rural Schools Extension Act: This bipartisan legislation extends the Secure Rural Schools program through the Fiscal Year of 2020. The program provides payments derived in part through timber receipts and other leasing activities within National Forests back to county governments where those forests are located.  

  • Amache National Historic Site Act: This bill designates the Amache incarceration site in Southeast Colorado as a National Historic Site. More than 7,000 people were unjustifiably detained at the Granada Relocation Center from 1942-1945. This legislation aims to recognize the pain and suffering of those who were detained during World War II. 

  • Veterans Conservation Corps Act: This legislation provides transitional assistance for veterans, through employment opportunities for those that would like to work in conservation, resource management, firefighting, law enforcement, or historic preservation

  • SOAR Act: The Simplify Outdoor Access for Recreation Act would simplify the permitting process for outdoor guides, outfitters, education organizations, and college and university programs.

  • Parks, Jobs and Equity Act: This bill provides a funding boost for urban parks through a formula grant to states to fund local park projects, which will ensure investments are quickly executed to help communities recover from the dual public health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. This bipartisan legislation provides an historic one-time stimulus of $500 million for urban parks. Congressman Neguse is a co-lead on this legislation. 

  • MAPLand Act: This bill would direct federal land management agencies to digitize and standardize mapping records. Congressman Neguse is a co-lead on this legislation. 

  • SHRED Act: The Ski Hill Resources for Economic Development Act would keep fees paid by Ski resorts local to support National Forests, local infrastructure improvements, avalanche forecasting and safety, and improved visitor services. The legislation also directs money to improve the ski area permitting process, helping ski areas facilitate investment in rural mountain communities.