As we reported in the June edition of Rock the Earth Notes, Rock the Earth is once again partnering 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, the Continental Divide in Colorado’s Central Mountains encompasses 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.

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Last week, staff from Rock the Earth, The Wilderness Society, and Conservation Colorado toured some of the areas for which we are advocating for permanent protection. We took in the breathtaking views, observed the wildlife, and discussed the legislative proposal. Joining us on the tour to learn more about this important issue were Colorado musicians Bridget Law and Dango Rose of Elephant Revival, Dave Johnston of Yonder Mountain Spring Band, singer-songwriter Rob Drabkin, National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant, and Nate Valdez of In the Whale, as well as members of the media.

Please support efforts to ensure the future of Colorado’s Continental Divide. To help us protect these remarkable areas, visit http://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 Jared Polis’ phone #: (202) 225-2161

http://polis.house.gov/wilderness/

Senator Michael Bennet’s phone #: (202) 224-5852