The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act advanced in the House along party lines and Rep. Joe Neguse and Sen. Michael Bennet push the wilderness designations for large swaths of public lands in the state.
They may also move the headquarters of its U.S. Geological Survey — best known for monitoring earthquakes and publishing detailed topographical maps — to Denver.
Most of the bird’s habitat — sagebrush steppe — is on land administered by the BLM.
The order comes amid complaints that millions of acres of state and federal land in the American West can only be reached by traveling across private property as federal law allows the sale or exchange of public lands.
The new plans are expected to remove the most protective habitat designations for about 13,000 square miles of public land.
Texas-based Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture plans to build 1,700 to 2,000 housing units along with stores and restaurants at the base of the Wolf Creek Ski Area.
Amache is a former Japanese internment camp near the small town of Granada on the southeastern plains.
Bernhardt is a former lobbyist for oil and gas companies.
The Conservation in the West poll found that respondents opposed Trump policies that shrink national monuments or promote oil and gas development.
In Denver for the annual Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show, outdoor retail companies and other outdoor industry leaders are banding together in a bid to protect public lands and the climate.