Tell CO's Senators to Support the Colorado Wilderness Act!

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Please contact Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenloooper to support the Colorado Wilderness Act (CWA)! Relatively few of Colorado’s high desert landscapes are protected as wilderness -- but this legislation will preserve over 660,000 acres of wild and remote land. The CWA has already cleared the House, but it needs champions in the Senate before it can become law.

 

In February, the CWA was passed in the House under the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act (PAW+), a landmark package of conservation bills that will collectively protect 2.7 million acres of wild lands, waters, and green space across the country. 

 

The CWA would protect 36 areas, the majority of which were first identified as wilderness study areas over 40 years ago, way back in 1980. These include dramatic and cherished regions of the Dolores River Basin, the Arkansas River canyonlands, the Bookcliffs near Grand Junction, and even the three 14,000-foot peaks managed by the BLM -- Redcloud, Sunshine and Handies.

 

The PAW+ Act was cosponsored by four Colorado Representatives -- Diana DeGette, Joe Neguse, Jason Crow and Ed Perlmutter. Now we need Colorado’s senators to champion the issue in the Senate. Both Bennet and Hickenlooper have demonstrated support for protecting wild landscapes across Colorado, and have embraced the concept of conserving 30% of our lands by 2030. The CWA is a critical step towards that broader 30x30 goal.

 

Please act now to urge our Senators’ support for the Colorado Wilderness Act!

 

Details of the areas and legislation can be found at www.coloradowildernessact.org.

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