Bennet Welcomes USDA Secretary Vilsack’s Commitment to Protecting Colorado Public Lands

Bennet, Vilsack Toured Camp Hale with Hickenlooper, Polis, and Neguse; Heard From CORE Act Supporters; Vilsack Committed To Discussing Protections For Colorado Public Lands With President Biden

Denver — Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet welcomed U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s commitment to protecting Colorado’s public lands after their visit to Camp Hale with Colorado U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper, Colorado Governor Jared Polis, and Colorado U.S. Representative Joe Neguse and meeting with supporters of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy (CORE) Act. Bennet invited Vilsack to Camp Hale and convened the meeting of CORE Act stakeholders. 

“I’m deeply grateful Secretary Vilsack joined us in Colorado today to meet with CORE Act supporters at Camp Hale,” said Bennet. “As we continue to push to get the CORE Act over the finish line, I join Coloradans in urging President Biden to take prompt action to protect Camp Hale, along with the other public lands in our bill.”

Today, CORE Act supporters called for urgent administrative actions to protect Camp Hale and other places in the CORE Act, like the Thompson Divide, the Continental Divide, and San Juan Mountains, a priority Bennet has been fighting for since 2009. Secretary Vilsack listened intently, and committed to discussing urgent protections for these landscapes with President Biden. 

Bennet has worked on the CORE Act with Coloradans for over a decade to grow Colorado’s outdoor recreation economy and protect over 400,000 acres of public land in Colorado, establishing new wilderness, recreation, and conservation areas, and safeguarding existing outdoor recreation opportunities.