Letter to the editor: Support bill to protect land

Posted 4/6/21

Support bill to protect land The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act. As a mom, I was thrilled to see the news. Like so many Colorado …

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Letter to the editor: Support bill to protect land

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Support bill to protect land

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act. As a mom, I was thrilled to see the news.

Like so many Colorado moms, I am raising my kids here in part for the outdoor quality of life. As Colorado’s population continues its rapid growth, we must protect some of our last remaining wild areas before they are threatened with development.

In the U.S. we lose a natural area the size of a football field every 30 seconds. At that rate, our children will not be able to enjoy the beauty and solitude of nature as we did, or even as we do now. They won’t be able to spot wildlife with their kids someday as habitat disappears.

The CORE Act would protect around 400,000 acres of our beautiful state. All the proposed areas are worthy of protection, but I am excited about one area in particular. It would finally make the Curecanti National Recreation Area an official unit of the National Park System (NPS). While it was established in 1965, Curecanti was never formally added to the NPS. Adding it now will strengthen the protection of the natural resources ensuring they survive for future generations.

My parents are retired park rangers who worked at Curecanti and taught me to love it. As they shared the area with me, I want it there for future generations.

I hope the Senate will take up action to pass the CORE Act quickly.

Lisa Konrad

Littleton

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