Letter from Senator Hickenlooper in support to ESWA



ESWA supports passage of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act (CORE). CORE has been passed by the U.S. House five times, but has yet to pass the Senate. 

Recent Development: Given the Senate's inaction, ESWA supports recent efforts by Colorado's elected leaders urging President Biden to provide immediate protection from development for at least some of the CORE lands through creation of the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument as a good first step pending passage of the full CORE Act.

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 Now:


Read ESWA's Op Ed in the Vail Daily



Write and/or call Senators Bennet here 202-228-5097, and Hickenlooper here 202-224-5941, and indicate your support for the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument, and prompt passage of CORE. (If you vote in another state, please contact your elected leaders).


If you vote in CD2, write Rep Neguse here, indicate your support for the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument, and prompt passage of CORE.


If you vote in CD3, write Rep Boebert here and remind her the CORE Act is essential to the outdoor economy that fuels our state.