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Celebrating Colorado’s Inaugural Public Lands Day

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This past weekend, Coloradans celebrated the inaugural Colorado Public Lands Day to recognize our Colorado values and outdoor heritage and to stand up for our cherished public lands.

Across the state, over 130 different events were hosted, ranging from volunteering to hiking to drinking beer.

Some big names were involved in the festivities. Governor Hickenlooper joined us at the Grand Junction Off-Road Bike Race, U.S. Congressman Ed Perlmutter spoke at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, and State Senator Kerry Donovan stopped by four different events across the Western Slope.

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Colorado-based band Elephant Revival was involved with various events and were the “official sound” of the holiday this year. U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and our Executive Director Pete Maysmith got onstage at their Red Rocks show to urge the audience to protect public lands.

Colorado’s inaugural Public Lands Day could not have come at a better time. Right now, the attacks on our public lands are all too real, from a “review” of 27 treasured national monuments to halting the work of over 200 advisory boards for the Department of the Interior. Fortunately, this holiday proved that Coloradans are ready to stand up for their public lands.

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In all, the holiday was a success for celebrating and honoring our public lands. The widespread participation in Colorado Public Lands Day is proof of Coloradans’ affinity for protecting our public lands. We can’t wait to celebrate next year!

For Colorado,

Pete Maysmith

Executive Director

Conservation Colorado