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Polis speaks out against the vilification of national monuments

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Washington, April 26, 2017 | comments

Washington: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement today after President Trump called into question the designation of several national monuments.  

“President Trump has chosen another American value to attack, our sacred national monuments. I will do everything to protect national monuments, which are treasured by all Coloradans and Americans,” said Polis. “We must protect our iconic heritage.”

Polis serves the Colorado Second Congressional District, which consists of over 60 percent of public lands. 

He has spoken out against several attempts by the Trump administration to attack public lands.

  • Republicans made a change to House Rules that makes it easier to sell public lands to states and oil and gas companies by declaring that public land has no value.
  • Republicans threatened legislation that would have sold off over 3 million acres of public lands, but thankfully, because of public pressure this legislation was withdrawn.
  • H.R. 622 would completely eliminate law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Conversely, Rep. Polis recently led a letter requesting additionally funding for all public lands’ law enforcement agencies
  • Trump declared a federal hiring freeze, which was only recently lifted. It prevented our public land agencies, including our national parks, from hiring thousands of workers across the country that they need for the upcoming busy summer months.
  • The Trump administration sent Congress a budget outline that decimated funding for our national parks and public lands as a whole.

In Feb., the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bolts Ditch Access and Use Act, and the Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act, legislation Polis sponsored that directly helps Colorado communities and protect public lands.

  • Bolts Ditch Access and Use Act would allow the town of Minturn to use its existing water rights to fill Bolts Lake by giving the town special use of the Bolts Ditch headgate and the segment of the Bolts Ditch within the Holy Cross Wilderness Area.   
  • Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act would expand the Arapaho National Forest, to include ten new parcels of land, informally known as the “Wedge,” which are currently undeveloped.  The move enables the U.S. Forest Service to effectively protect and preserve an area were millions of people travel annually.
  • Last Congress, Polis offered an amendment to the Department of Interior Appropriations bill preventing the sale or seizure of public lands.

In addition, in past Congresses, Polis introduced and advocated for the Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act.  The bill would preserve 58,000 acres of wilderness and recreation lands in Summit and eastern Eagle Counties, helping sustain recreational resources, protect watersheds, preserve important wildfire corridors, and grow the tourism economy.

 

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