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Citizen Input Wanted: Your Chance to Influence Wilderness Policy
Senator Mark Udall, with the support of Senator Michael Bennet, is actively seeking public input in developing proposals for a new Arkansas River Canyon National Park, and wilderness protection for Brown's Canyon and as many as 32 additional areas throughout Colorado's Central Mountains, including expansion of current wilderness areas at Holy Cross, Eagles Nest, and Maroon Bells.
Sen. Udall's website emphasizes his view that identifying natural areas for federal protection supports Colorado's local tourism economy. And his publicity suggests that new wilderness legislation could protect current uses of some of the areas, such as the Colorado Air National Guard's high-altitude helicopter training area.
This is a major opportunity for RMC members and supporters to have an influence on developing new wilderness areas and policies in our state. Please contact Udall's office and attend one of his public meetings in the near future. For more information, and to comment, please go to these links:
Arkansas River Canyon National Monument & Browns Canyon Wilderness Maps and Comment Form
Central Mountain Maps and Comment Form
Say "Thanks" to Senator Mark Udall, who has long been a champion of wild places. But on two recent issues he has been particularly out front and engaged. Please take the time to thank him for his actions.
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VICTORY! Hundreds of you spoke out against a new nuclear power plant in Pueblo, and WE WON!
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