As we reported in the June edition of Rock the Earth Notes, Rock the Earth has once again partnered with our friends in The Wilderness Society (TWS) to protect some of Colorado’s most iconic places.
Among the most recognizable landscapes in the state, Colorado’s Central Mountains encompass many of our most cherished mountains, forests and valleys in several key areas of Summit and Eagle counties. Iconic landscapes like the Holy Cross and Eagles Nest Wilderness Areas lie at the heart of the region, but most of the surrounding public lands remain unprotected and at risk. It’s time to secure new areas of wilderness for the next generation. Serving as an outdoor “playground” for the Front Range, these amazing and wild Colorado landscapes sustain recreation resources, protect critical watersheds, preserve important wildlife corridors, and strengthen the region’s tourism economy.
Our effort is supported by the John Denver Aspenglow Fund, the Pew Charitable Trusts, Conservation Colorado, the International Mountain Bicycling Association, the Outdoor Industry Association, the Conservation Alliance, the Vet Voice Foundation, and many others.
In 2014, Congressman Jared Polis introduced the Rocky Mountain Recreation and Wilderness Preservation Act to protect 60,000 acres of Colorado wilderness lands in Summit County and eastern Eagle County. The proposal would create new wilderness areas in the Williams Fork Mountains, Tenmile Range, and Hoosier Ridge, and would expand the existing Holy Cross, Eagles Nest, and Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness Areas. The plan would also enhance outdoor recreation opportunities such as fishing, hunting, mountain biking and backcountry snow sports.
Please support efforts to ensure the future of Colorado’s Central Mountains. To help make Colorado’s Central Mountains Matter visit www.RockTheEarth.org where you’ll find the latest information on these efforts. In addition, please contact Senator Bennet and Congressman Polis and let them know you support their efforts to protect the Central Mountains.
Representative Polis phone: (202) 225-2161
Senator Michael Bennet phone: (202) 224-5852