ESWA supports passage of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act (CORE). The good news: CORE was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on February 26, and will be taken up by the Senate for consideration. The result of decades of collaboration, CORE would add 20,196 precious acres to our three local Wilderness Areas -- Eagles Nest, Holy Cross, and Ptarmigan Peak. CORE would create three new local Wilderness Areas in the Tenmile Range, Williams Fork Mountains, and Hoosier Ridge. It will also establish the Tenmile Recreation Management Area with 10,000 additional non-Wilderness acres allowing continued mountain-bike access. CORE’s designation of Camp Hale as the first National Historic Landscape would honor our World War II veterans, and preserve an important page in Colorado’s outdoor recreation history as many veterans went on to open ski resorts and outdoor recreation businesses. Overall, CORE will protect 400,000 acres of Colorado public lands from development. Representative Boebert has called CORE a “land grab,” but CORE would provide new protections for just 1.8% of Colorado’s existing public lands, while enhancing our local recreational economy.

What you can do

If you live in Congressional District 3 (CD3), please reach out to Representative Boebert here and remind her that the CORE Act is essential to ensuring we invest in the outdoor economy that fuels our state. And please also reach out to Senators Bennet here and Hickenlooper here, and (if you live in CD2) Representative Neguse here, and thank them for continuing to fight for passage of the CORE Act.