GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — U.S. Senator Cory Gardner says there would be over 100,000 jobs brought to the Western Slope in the next decade with his Great American Outdoors Act. He took a trip to Grand Junction to see locations his act would benefit. KREX 5 took a tour to multiple locations with the Senator during his visit.

The tour began at the River Park at Las Colonias Park. The Senator remembers this location in its infancy and is pleased to see so much recent growth.

“Now, three years later to see it, to see the people out, families enjoying it, to see businesses like Rocky Mounts being built here, and soon more. It really is incredible. The job opportunities that are being created right here in Grand Junction.” – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner

After the Senator’s River Park Roundtable about Grand Junction job growth Tuesday, came another visit across town, at the Grand Junction Air Center, which is home to Mesa County’s Wildland Dispatch center and Air tanker base for the Bureau of Land Management. The tour to this location may be about learning the ropes of wildland firefighting, but the goal is how to help wildland firefighting. 

Recognizing the amount of money, and the amount of person power it takes to deal with all sides of a wildfire is crucial.

“One of my main goals is to make sure that we are fighting for all four corners of Colorado, and we need that Western Slope voice to be heard.” – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner

What is next for Cory Gardner’s campaign? He says, “It’s continuing to make sure we get the Great American Outdoor Act passed and signed into law. The house is going to be voting on it later this month. This is the biggest conservation bill in over 50 years.”