GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Colorado Recreation Enhancement and Conservation Act, or “rec act” would add more than $70,000 acres of new wilderness, remove approximately $39,000 acres from wilderness study area, enhance recreation opportunities, and further protect Pueblo archaeological sites.
The added land would go to the National Wilderness Preservation System in the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests. The measure would also formally establish a boundary for the Curcanti National Recreation area, expand the Yucca House National Monument nearly six times over, and release wilderness study areas that have been found unsuitable for wilderness designations by the BLM.
Conservation Colorado does not see this new rec package as a benefit to our lands, calling it the “wilderness lite” bill.
A representative from the Western Slope said,
“…in a state of public lands lovers, this ‘wilderness lite’ bill is an unworthy substitute for the core act. even more remarkably, this supposed wilderness bill actually manages to remove safeguards for nearly 40,000 acres of currently protected wilderness study areas.”