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Trails 2000 and IMBA Support the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act in Colorado

For Immediate Release 4-25-2013
Contact Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
303-545-9011 ext.115

Today, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced a bike-friendly Wilderness bill for the Hermosa Creek Drainage. Colorado Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) cosponsoored the bill, and Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) introduced a companion bill in the House. The legislation will protect important trails in the area, including Hermosa Creek Trail, Coral Draw, Colorado Trail, Jones and Dutch Creek, Elbert Creek, Little Elk Creek, Goulding Creek and the Pinkerton-Flagstaff trails while keeping them open to mountain biking, a major component of the recreation economy in Colorado's La Plata County.

“We are lucky in Colorado to be able to enjoy many of the country’s most beautiful landscapes in our backyards," said Bennet in a press release issued by his office. "The Hermosa Creek Watershed represents some of the best Colorado has to offer. This bill will protect this land for our outdoor recreation economy and for future generations of Coloradans and Americans to enjoy. It is the result of a local effort that took into account the varied interests of the community, and that cooperation helped us put together a strong bill with the community’s input.”

Trails 2000, a local IMBA-affiliated trail group, was an integral player in the creation of this important legislation — both IMBA and Trails 2000 wholeheartedly support the bill. "We are proud to have been a part of the process which will keep the Durango portion of the Colorado Trail open to mountain bikes. This effort of land conservation working hand in hand with recreation in an area dependent on tourism is a perfect fit," said Trails 2000 director Mary Monroe Brown.

Aaron Clark, IMBA’s Public Lands Initiative Director, said, "Protected trail systems in communities all over the country provide a reliable source of revenue for their host communities. The Hermosa Creek Trail is a world-class recreation asset that deserves permanent protection. In Colorado, well-managed recreation assets on public lands act as a powerful multiplier for local economies, attracting vistors and businesses of all types. This bill is a great example of land protection for the 21st century."

See a MAP of the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act as an attachment below.

Learn more about Trails 2000.

Learn more about IMBA’s Public Lands Initiative.


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