Creating A Legacy

Senator Mark Udall is considering legislation to protect nearly 240,000 acres of the most ecologically important public lands in the Central Rockies with wilderness and similar designations. His Central Mountains Outdoor Heritage Proposal is a bold vision that will add to our nation’s wilderness legacy and support our local economies.

Senator Udall’s proposal is located on the White River National Forest, which draws millions of visitors in large part because of the area’s natural splendor.

By protecting some of our most beautiful backcountry areas from development and overuse, Sen. Udall is supporting thousands of Coloradans who rely on a healthy environment for their livelihoods.

His proposal balances recreation and habitat protection in areas like Spraddle Creek (near Vail), Assignation Ridge (near Carbondale), Hoosier Ridge (near Breckenridge) and Hunter Creek (near Aspen).

Why wilderness matters

Wilderness designation is the gold standard of land protection. Without it, public lands are vulnerable to energy development and logging. It is the best way to ensure future generations have the same opportunities to experience these irreplaceable natural treasures as we do today.

Wilderness plays a vital role in our recreation-based economy, our superb scenic vistas and our high quality of life. It helps maintain clean water and air, protects wildlife and important wildlife migration corridors, and provides humans with outlets for solitude and spiritual renewal.

The numerous activities allowed in Wilderness help hundreds of businesses thrive including:

  • hunting
  • fishing
  • camping
  • horseback riding
  • rock climbing
  • hiking
  • backpacking
  • kayaking
  • photography
  • education
  • scientific research

A bold vision

Visionaries like Sen. Udall, and Rep. Jared Polis understand that now is the time to secure protection for these lands that are so important to wildlife and people.

Places like the Maroon Bells-Snowmass, Holy Cross, Eagles Nest and Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness Areas have been permanently protected for future generations to enjoy.

The Central Mountains Outdoor Heritage Proposal would add to these high-elevation, “rock and ice” wilderness areas by protecting ecologically important, mid-elevation areas that provide vital habitat to everything from big game to native trout.

Sen. Udall and Rep. Polis have also proposed nearly 8,000 acres of “companion areas” that provide wilderness-like protections while allowing cyclists to pursue their passion.

PDF: Central Mountains brochure