Support the CORE Act
Here’s the scoop:
Over the last decade, Colorado county governments have worked hard with stakeholders to draft the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act. The CORE Act will protect 400,000 acres of public land in CO, establishing new wilderness areas and safeguarding existing outdoor recreation opportunities. Passing this bill would be a HUGE win for outdoor enthusiasts.
Protecting public lands IS climate action.
As outdoor enthusiasts, we care about public lands for their vast opportunities for adventures. We value access and conservation. But, did you know that protecting public lands is climate action, too? These very places are often threatened by extraction (read: drilling and mining for fossil fuels). We understand our public lands provide many opportunities but do we really want the land that we, as Americans, collectively own to be developed in a way that only harms our climate?
Thankfully, Colorado leaders Senator Michael Bennet, newly elected Senator John Hickenlooper, and Congressman Joe Neguse have re-introduced the CORE Act: the Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy Act, which will protect 400,000 acres of public land, establish new wilderness areas, protect existing outdoor recreation opportunities and designate a first-ever National Historic Landscape for the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale. Even more, this bill takes 200,000 acres off the table for future oil and gas development AND creates a program to reuse methane (read: potent greenhouse gas) waste.
We call that a win-win. Maybe even a win-win-win. Whatever you want to call it, it’s action on climate by protecting public lands. No matter what state you’re from, join us and ask your members of Congress to support this landmark legislation that leads the way in addressing two things we’re totally stoked about: public lands protection AND fighting climate change.
This bill has been re-introduced in both the House and the Senate.
This bill is unique in that it unites four previously introduced bills including 73,000 acres of new wilderness areas and 80,000 acres of new recreation and conservation management areas. The CORE Act would also create a first-of-its-kind National Historical Landscape, which honors CO’s military legacy and prohibits new oil and gas development in areas important to ranchers and sportsmen.
WHY PROTECT PUBLIC LANDS:
Our public lands are some of our favorite places to get outside. But they’re under threat from oil and gas development. In fact, so much extraction happens on U.S. public lands that if they were their own country, they would rank 5th IN THE WORLD for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Over the last decade, 40 percent of coal, 22 percent of oil and 15 percent of gas developed in the U.S. came from public lands. The CORE Act would protect an additional 200,000 acres from fossil fuel extraction––meaning more public lands would stay in the hands of, well, the public. Considering we have just over a decade to curb our GHG emissions to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis, it’s time we stop adding to the climate crisis through dirty energy development on our public lands. We don’t have time not to protect them.