BREAKING: CORE Act Passes House - Tell the Senate to Vote Yea

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation (CORE) Act passed the House of Representatives today! We are now one step closer to establishing protections for some of Colorado’s most iconic landscapes. A huge thanks to all of the climbers who rallied on this action alert. But we’re not done yet. 

The CORE Act is now headed to the Senate, and we need your help this week to tell your Senators to vote ‘yea’ on the CORE Act.

San Juan Mountains, Colorado, Ancestral Lands of the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), Gareth Martins photo

The CORE Act is an ambitious public lands package that would protect over 400,000 acres of public lands in Colorado, including exceptional mountain peaks and traverses, like the Ten Mile Traverse near Breckenridge. It would also withdraw about 200,000 acres at Thompson Divide, west of Carbondale, from future oil and gas leasing. And it would add protective designations to climbing areas across Colorado, from roadside clip-ups in the Camp Hale area to alpine climbing in the Ten Mile and the San Juan ranges.

This bill balances both recreational and conservation interests, and includes a diverse set of landscape designations—from Wilderness, to National Recreation Area, to a brand-new National Historic Landscape. The CORE Act provides for a spectrum of recreation opportunities, ranging from deep backcountry to accessible roadside, while also preserving critical wildlife habitat and ensuring watershed integrity. The needs of climbers, mountain bikers, hunters, farmers, and wildlife are all integrated into the legislation.

See a map of CORE act protections here.

The new National Historic Landscape designation proposed for Camp Hale would set a new precedent for landscape-wide protection based on historical importance. Many of the climbing, skiing, and mountaineering techniques for wartime were developed at Camp Hale, helping to define modern American climbing and skiing as we know it.

Access Fund has been working alongside the bill’s sponsors, Colorado congressmen Joe Neguse and Michael Bennet, to optimize this bill for the climbing community, and it provides robust protections for iconic landscapes and climbing access.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Even if you have already submitted a letter to your House representative last week, we need 5 more minutes of your time to write your Senators and tell them to support the CORE Act.