For the last decade, local community members have been coming together to protect public lands in Colorado's Continental Divide for future generations to enjoy. The Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act was introduced by Rep. Jared Polis and would preserve roughly 58,000 acres in Summit and Eagle counties as wilderness and special management areas. The proposal would add wilderness to the Holy Cross, Eagles Nest and Ptarmigan Ridge wilderness areas, and create new standalone wilderness areas for the Williams Fork Mountains, Hoosier Ridge and the Tenmile Range. It would establish a special management area for the Tenmile Range to maintain important recreation resources and access for mountain bikers, hikers and other uses.
Senator Michael Bennet has announced his intention to introduce similar legislation in the Senate that would also safeguard Camp Hale - a former military training area for the 10th Mountain Division - as our nation's first National Historic Landscape.
The effort has the support of sportsmen, mountain bikers, local businesses, veterans, local elected officials and conservationists.