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Rep. Tipton's Public Lands Bill Leaves Out Thompson Divide


Congressman Scott Tipton, whose district includes the Roaring Fork Valley, released a draft proposal Wednesday that would designate new wilderness in Colorado. It does not include protections for key areas on the Western Slope. 

Tipton’s draft legislation would designate new wilderness in the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests. It has some similarities to the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act, which was introduced by Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Joe Neguse, but Tipton’s proposal does not include protections for the Thompson Divide outside of Carbondale, or Camp Hale, near Leadville. 

Members of the Thompson Divide Coalition, which formed to prevent oil and gas exploration in the area, released a statement asking Tipton to support the broader protections in the CORE Act. That legislation passed through the House Natural Resources Committee late last month.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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