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Thanks for your support of LWCF, Senator Gardner, Now let's make it count!

While it's usually the Rocky Mountain terrain and trails that call us, recently we opted for a place less known for its hiking, mountain climbing, and scrambling, but rather known for a different type of scrambling and where the critical nature of every decision is just as prominent - Washington D.C.

In D.C., we met with many teams of Colorado’s Congressional members and discussed the importance of protecting and funding public lands. As small business owners and fourth-generation Coloradans, we know that here in the Centennial State, protecting public lands doesn’t just make sense for outdoor enthusiasts – it’s good business.

Protecting Public Lands

From 2012-2017, the outdoor recreation industry in Colorado grew at almost 1.5 times the rate of our state’s overall GDP. And there’s strong evidence that this effect is even more pronounced in rural communities. For example, a recent survey of small business owners along the Continental Divide Trail showed that 97% of them believe that protecting public lands is important to the vitality of their local economies.

For 55 years, the LWCF has invested in public lands like Gunnison National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park. But other places, like the Continental Divide Trail, still need the LWCF’s support. Without LWCF funding, the 3,100-mile National Scenic Trail may never be completed, leaving hikers and horseback riders with no choice but to travel parts of the Trail on highways exposed to unique and unnecessary dangers that shouldn't be associated with National Scenic Trails. Yet nearly every year, Congress takes money from LWCF and uses it for other purposes. Congress has diverted more than $22 billion from our public lands this way.
 
Earlier this week, Senator Cory Gardner, joined by a large bipartisan majority of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, advanced two bills that would greatly benefit Colorado’s public lands and help our outdoor recreation economy continue to grow. If they become law, the Restore Our Parks Act would help address the maintenance backlog in our National Parks, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Permanent Funding Act would finally guarantee dedicated funding for the LWCF.

Investing in Public Lands

For 55 years, the LWCF has invested in public lands like Gunnison National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park. But other places, like the Continental Divide Trail, still need the LWCF’s support. Without LWCF funding, the 3,100-mile National Scenic Trail may never be completed, leaving hikers and horseback riders with no choice but to travel parts of the Trail on highways exposed to unique and unnecessary dangers that shouldn't be associated with National Scenic Trails. Yet nearly every year, Congress takes money from LWCF and uses it for other purposes. Congress has diverted more than $22 billion from our public lands this way.
mountain pass with trail and lake
While we were in D.C., Senator Gardner’s staff informed that fully funding the LWCF is one of his top priorities. As the Senator has said, “the Land and Water Conservation Fund is the crown jewel of conservation programs…this is a commonsense, bipartisan program.” Yet the current Senate proposal for 2020 funding of this “crown jewel” sits at barely half of the $900 million the program is supposed to receive each year – barely half of the $900 million that Gardner says the program deserves.
 

Senator Gardner's Support

As a member of the majority party, Senator Gardner has the opportunity – and the responsibility – to lead his Senate colleagues in fully funding LWCF, both in 2020 and beyond. As business owners, Continental Divide Trail stewards, and lovers of Colorado’s public lands, we are grateful for Senator Gardner’s support of this critical tool for conservation – and we are calling on him to make it count.
 
$900 million is a drop in the bucket of the federal budget, and Senator Gardner should work to ensure that the LWCF receives that full funding in 2020 budget negotiations – and keep pushing until the LWCF Permanent Funding Act becomes law. We hope all Coloradans will join us in urging Senator Gardner to continue to lead this effort that Colorado deserves.
 
Patrick & Kevin Webber
Co-Founders, Fourpoints Bar - https://www.fourpointsbar.com/
Denver, Colorado
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