Today (June 9), Congressman Joe Neguse, Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Land, welcomed the news from Senator Hickenlooper and Senator Bennet that the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act is a part of the Senate becomes subcommittee on energy and natural resources for public land, forests and mining. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, June 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. MT.
“I am delighted that the Senate is taking action to move the CORE Act forward in the legislative process, and I am delighted to have the support of both Senator Bennet and Senator Hickenlooper in advocating this locally-driven effort and Colorado’s public land “Said Congressman Joe Neguse.” “The CORE Act invests in the best of Colorado and preserves our valuable public land while also strengthening our economy through extensive investments in outdoor recreation. I was proud to pass the bill from the House of Representatives so early in the 117th Congress, and look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to make it happen for the people of Colorado, for our public land, our climate and our economy. “
Congressman Neguse and Senator Bennet presented the comprehensive CORE Act for the first time in January 2019 after years of work in Colorado to develop, draft and negotiate the four individual titles of the bill. Congressman Neguse has passed the CORE Act three times with bipartisan support from the US House of Representatives. The House last passed the bill in February 2021.
Resources and letters of support for the CORE Act can be found at https://neguse.house.gov/core-act
The CORE Act combines four pre-established public land laws in Colorado developed over the past decade: the Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and Camp Hale Legacy Act, the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act, the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act, and the Curecanti National Recreation Area Boundary Establishment Act. The CORE Act is supported by a broad coalition of counties, cities, towns, local leaders, conservation groups, athletes, and a variety of outdoor companies.
Of the land protected by the bill, around 73,000 hectares are designated as new wilderness and almost 80,000 hectares as new recreation and conservation management areas that preserve existing outdoor uses such as hiking and mountain biking. The bill also includes a first-time designation of Camp Hale as a National Historic Landscape to honor World War II veterans and Colorado’s military heritage, and bans new oil and gas developments in areas popular with ranchers and athletes in the Thompson. parts are important.