by Dalton Carver
In late January, legislation again attempting to protect wilderness areas around the state was introduced in Congress, but with an additional component to help drive it to success. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act contains an element focusing on the state’s economy.
The CORE Act was proposed by Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in partnership with Democratic Rep. Joe Neguse to protect about 400,000 acres of public land in Colorado.
In addition to public land protection, the act would establish new wilderness areas and fortify existing outdoor recreation opportunities.
The CORE Act was created through a combination of previously introduced bills, including the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act; the Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and Camp Hale Legacy Act; the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act; and, the Curecanti National Recreation Area Boundary Establishment Act. CORE was created by several entities, with counties, recreation groups, sportsmen and conservationists helping to write the proposed legislation.
Of the 400,000 acres proposed to be protected, 73,000 would be...