So-called “quiet recreation,” which includes camping, mountain biking, and hunting, has a major impact on Colorado communities near public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office, according to a study released today.
Since the days my grandpa took me fishing in the Fairplay —before I could even walk—I have been in love with the outdoors. That connection to the wild, the openness, the escape from the concrete jungle; it’s one of the most important things we can do to feel human. My hunting buddies and I always joke with each other that tourists will pay thousands of dollars to experience just one week in the same wilderness we all enjoy right here in our backyard.
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and the Conservation Colorado Victory Fund are raising red flags on three Colorado candidates – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), and State Sen. Laura Woods (R-Arvada) – for their poor environmental records.
The Outdoor Industry Association, along with 77 Colorado businesses, penned an open letter stating the need to elect leaders who plan on combating climate change.
Colorado’s mountains, valleys, plains, and parks are essential not just to our quality of life, but to our booming outdoor recreation economy. As Coloradans, we’re deeply aware of how important our outdoor heritage is to our state’s brand and identity, and why our elected officials must enact policies to protect it. Indeed, 74 percent of Colorado voters told pollsters earlier this year that they are more likely to support a candidate who will protect access to outdoor spaces.
Colorado’s largest environmental organization will be putting hundreds of thousands of dollars toward ousting state Sen. Laura Woods, who is up for reelection in Jefferson County’s Senate District 19.