Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and Camp Hale Act

May 17, 2018
EcoFlight flew reporters, business leaders conservationists and grad students over areas proposed for protection in the Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and Camp Hale Legacy Act.
On January 24, 2018 Senator Bennet and Representative Polis introduced companion legislation in both the House and Senate for the Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and Camp Hale Legacy Act to protect 96,000 acres of public land in Eagle and Summit Counties. Crafted to protect wilderness, world class mountain biking, wildlife habitat and the historical landscape at Camp Hale, this bill has broad support from mountain bikers, county commissioners, local business owners, hunters, veterans and the conservation community among others.

The bill will create:

- 41,229 acres of wilderness on the White River National Forest.
- A 16,996-acre Recreation Management Area to protect mountain biking, hiking, and hunting access and ensure conservation for the Tenmile Mountain Range.
- Two Wildlife Conservation Areas totaling 11,668 acres to protect critical wildlife linkages near Loveland Pass and in the Williams Fork Mountains.
- Our country's first National Historic Landscape to protect 28,728 acres of public lands around Camp Hale, home of the WWII-era training grounds of the storied 10th Mountain Division.

This legislation will protect some of the most iconic high country in Colorado for wildlife and people alike. It represents a decade of work by a diverse coalition of stakeholders to craft a community-minded bill