Public Lands, Sportsmen, and the Outdoors

Public lands are some of our most cherished national treasures, and as a fifth generation Coloradan I understand the importance of preserving iconic landscapes in my state and across the nation. Public lands in Colorado help create an outdoor recreation economy that contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity to the state and local communities, and supports jobs.

Many conservation programs, like the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), have created protections for lands that current and future generations will be able to enjoy. The LWCF and other programs are often critical tools in expanding access to our public lands. Keeping these lands open for all to enjoy activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and other recreational opportunities is something I support.

We must be good stewards of our natural environment, and this includes being responsible for the lands placed into parks, historic sites and trails, monuments, and recreation areas. The wildlife and wilderness that can be seen within these areas is something that cannot be taught in our classrooms. We need to work together to help preserve and promote these sites for the millions of visitors each year.