06.06.16

Gardner Introduces Bill to Allow Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Acquire Private Land Donation

Bill Increases Wildfire Protections, Expands Recreational Opportunities and Habitat for Wildlife

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced legislation that would permit a private landowner to donate land to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Teller County, CO, allowing for enhanced wildfire protection as well as additional habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities for visitors. 

A private landowner submitted a proposal to donate 280 acres of land adjacent to Florissant Fossil Beds Monument, but due to current law the land transfer cannot take place. The park, which currently possesses 5,998 acres of land, has a legislative ceiling of 6,000 acres. Therefore, if acquired, the 280-acre parcel of land would project the park above its legal threshold. 

“This generous private landowner’s donation at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will lead to stronger wildfire protection for the park as well as provide additional recreational opportunities for its visitors and habitat for its wildlife,” said Gardner. “My legislation amends current law to adjust the acreage ceiling, allowing for the donation of adjacent land to the park. It’s commonsense, and I urge my colleagues to support it.”  

Established as a national monument in 1969, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is located west of Pikes Peak and less than 40 miles from Colorado Springs, CO. The park is home to diverse fossil deposits, maintaining a collection of over 12,000 specimens. The park also provides recreational experiences and curriculum-based education programs for its visitors. 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. 

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