Nancy Working: Resolve to protect public lands
May 22, 2017
Did you know that a 2017 survey, which was completed by Colorado College and polled voters in seven Western States (including Colorado), showed that by greater than a three-to-one margin, voters support conservation on national public lands?
On May 20, Colorado celebrated its first Public Lands Day despite the return of winter weather.
Public lands give us boundless sources for recreation and also provide grazing places for sheep and cattle, which supports our agricultural community. Restored barns and cabins provide a real look at our past, with cultural, learning opportunities. And, think about the wildlife you might see in public lands or the rainbow trout you could feast upon over a campfire.
Playing outside is healthy for our bodies and minds but also our wallets. Our support of public lands not only means more fun for us but also jobs and economic opportunity. The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Pan shows that outdoor recreation in Northwest Colorado's public lands provides 91,000 jobs and $6.9 million annually in consumer spending.
Public lands give us boundless sources for recreation and also provide grazing places for sheep and cattle, which supports our agricultural community.
-- Nancy Working
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Because of the benefits these lands bring to us, at least, 18 counties in Colorado have signed resolutions in support of public lands. All these diverse counties have opted to help protect our public ;ands, each with their own unique resolution.
Recently, our Routt County commissioners also signed a resolution in support of continued federal ownership and management of public lands in Routt County and endorsed the benefit of these lands to the citizens of Routt County. This resolution helps us affirm the importance of public lands as part of our heritage and way of life and also helps us celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day. Please view the resolution at http://www.co.routt.co.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/7515?fileID=5961.
As U.S. citizens, we own all federal public lands, which include national parks, National Forests, Wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, and BLM lands. Selling or transfer of these lands could put our health, recreation and jobs in jeopardy. It is our right and privilege to continue to enjoy, protect and preserve our public lands. We are indeed fortunate to have these lands held in trust for us.