Featured Action: Thank Senator Udall for Wilderness and Rivers Advocacy
By Lauren Swain
Senator Mark Udall has long been a champion of wild places. But on two recent issues he has been particularly out front and engaged. Please take the time to thank him for his actions.
Photo simulation of the proposed St. Croix River Crossing project, courtesy Minnesota Department of Transportation.
In Colorado: This past September, Udall joined with Senator Mike Bennett to introduce ground-breaking legislation which would provide wilderness protection to the breathtaking San Juan Mountains of Colorado. He also successfully convinced the Bureau of Land Management to include the region in a recent report detailing landscapes across the country worthy of protection (See BLM Lands Deserving Protection). For discussion of the environmental and economic value of S. 1635, the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act, please go to Udall’s page on the subject. Although many SW Colorado residents, business owners, and officials support the bill, there is opposition from off-road advocates and some commercial interests. And it remains unclear whether Rep. Scott Tipton, of Colorado’s 3rd district, will take a stand for or against this bill.
Please don’t delay! Politicians need quick, positive feedback, telling them we notice and appreciate their advocacy for the environment. Contact Senator Udall’s office right now and thank him for supporting wild rivers in the Midwest, and wilderness in Colorado.