Conservation Lands Foundation Lauds House Passage of Two Critical Public Lands Bills
Washington, D.C. (Oct. 31, 2019)—This week, the House of Representatives voted with bipartisan majorities to pass two public lands bills that, if signed into law, will ensure the protection of sacred sites and cultural resources in New Mexico and the development of an ever-growing outdoor recreation economy in Colorado.
Brian Sybert, executive director of Conservation Lands Foundation, applauded the bipartisan passage of both bills in the House and the congressional leaders and communities who helped to ensure their passage:
H.R. 2181, Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act
“Conservation Lands Foundation stands with the Pueblos of New Mexico and the American Southwest in strong support of The Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act,” said Sybert. “The Chaco region has seen enough oil and gas drilling. These living landscapes offer an irreplaceable window to the region’s history, and continue to provide for contemporary indigenous cultures. We applaud the New Mexico congressional delegation for their leadership and commitment to ensuring protection for these national and cultural treasures. We look forward to the Senate advancing this legislation and seeing the Chaco region permanently protected.”
H.R. 823, Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy (CORE) Act
“Rep. Neguse and Sen. Bennet have shown great leadership with the introduction of the CORE Act, legislation that will ensure Colorado continues to develop its booming outdoor recreation economy, and that its most treasured public lands remain pristine and protected for generations to come,” said Sybert. “Conservation Lands Foundation thanks Rep. Neguse for his leadership in advancing this bill through the House, along with the broad coalition of Colorado organizations and communities that support it. We urge the Senate to now take up this important legislation.”