In May 2016, Colorado became the first state in the nation to establish a state holiday for our public lands. Colorado Public Lands Day is an opportunity to celebrate public lands, which are central to our economy and our quality of life.
Wild Connections has postponed our May 15 Wildcat hike to May 29 due to recent rain and snowfallin the mountains, however there are still many great opportunities for this Colorado Public Lands Day! Find an event near you at the link above, or check out the Arkansas River Clean Up below!
Public Lands Day Cleanup-Greenup along the Arkansas River
The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) are celebrating Colorado Public Lands Day on Saturday, May 15, by hosting the Annual Arkansas River Cleanup-Greenup.
Volunteers will work along the banks of the Arkansas River from Leadville to Cañon City and below to clean up trash and debris from the river corridor in preparation for a busy summer season.
Volunteers may pick up a commemorative pin, gloves and trash bags the morning of the event at registration tables at the AHRA Visitors Center in Salida or at the Buena Vista Community Center in Buena Vista. Or volunteers can register online in advance. Volunteers can also find a list of suggested cleanup sites online.
Below - watch the 4 minute introduction for the Road to 30X30
Protecting 30% of our lands and water by 2030
This ambitious goal is embraced by citizens, organizations, including Wild Connections, and governments in the United States and Colorado. The Center for Western Priorities will be featuring Colorado in it's May Road to 30x30virtual tour. Watch for the link here.
In the meantime view the long version kick-off video Road to 30x30 Virtual Tour (A 4 minute intro is at the left.) Join Senator Tom Udall and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala, along with Lena Moffit of the Sierra Club and host Jennifer of the Center for Western Priorities to learn about the bold, future-looking proposal to protect 30 percent of America’s lands and water by 2030.
U.S. House approves landmark public lands
Legislation to protect nearly
3 million acres across 4 states!
Contact Colorado's Senators in support of PAWS
The U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 26 approved the Protecting America's Wilderness and Public Lands Act (HR 803) that aims to permanently protect nearly three million acres across Colorado, California, Washington and Arizona.
The legislation is a collection of eight separate public lands bills the House approved last year – including Rep Diana DeGette’s Colorado Wilderness Act (CWA) and Rep. Joe Neguse’s Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act (CORE). The Colorado bills include 1,060,000 acres, about 1.6% of the total area of the state.
Here's just three of the areas included in the CWA and CORE.
CWA: Badger Creek gathers waters across a wide expanse of land before flowing into the Arkansas River. Photo, Kate Spinelli
CWA: The Palisade is one of western Colorado's rugged canyon country Wildernesses. Photo, John Fielder.
CORE: designates a National Historic Landscape around Camp Hale to preserve and promote the 10th Mountain Divisionís legacy. Photo, Sierra Club
What you can do
Contact our Senators
Senate passage is not a slam dunk! Contact Colorado and/or your Senators to champion the PAW+ Act, and let them know that it should remain as one large package so that the most Colorado and US public lands and water will be protected!
Read more about the wild lands and rivers in Colorado, Arizona, California and Washington
Wild Connections' mission is to identify, protect, and restore wildlands, native species, and biological diversity in the Arkansas and South Platte watersheds. They are the ancestral lands of the Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho and other indigenous peoples.