Now is our opportunity to secure permanent protection for the Thompson Divide!

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act (CORE Act) permanently withdraws the 200,000 acres in the Thompson Divide area from future oil and gas development while preserving existing property rights for leaseholders and landowners. Scroll down to learn more.

In previous years, the Thompson Divide Coalition successfully secured twenty years of protection from oil and gas development of Federal lands in the Thompson Divide Area. It took a community, from all walks of life, to protect this place. Thank You! Now, lets do it again! Help us achieve permanent protections under the CORE Act!

 
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CURRENT UPDATE:

Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy Act (CORE) ACT

Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Joe Neguse have introduced the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act--a comprehensive public lands bill that both protects the landscape and safeguards existing outdoor recreation opportunities to boost the economy for future generations.  The Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act included in in this bill withdraws 200,000 acres from future oil and gas development while preserving existing property rights for leaseholders and landowners.

The House Natural Resource Committee heard testimony in support of the CORE Act during a committee hearing on April 2nd. We were lucky to have a small group of Coalition members journey to Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of Thompson Divide. The Act's next hurdle is the House Committee's markup session. Demonstration of our continued support is critical in the interim.

Please thank Senator Bennet and Representative Neguse for including Thompson Divide protections in the CORE Act, and urge Senator Gardner and Representative Tipton to support this bill!

Please click HERE to send your letter of support to our representatives.

The Thompson Divide Coalition is and was always intended to be a time-limited, single-issue organization focused soley on the conservation of public lands in the Thompson Divide area of Garfield, Pitkin, and Gunnison Counties. As a community, we have achieved meaningful protections for this landscape and, most importantly, for the men and women who rely on these lands for their livelihoods. We will continue to seek long-term permanent protections for these lands.

 
 

Our rural economies in and around the Roaring Fork Valley rely, in part, upon existing uses in the Thompson Divide area.  Collectively, hunting, fishing, ranching, and recreation in the Thompson Divide area support nearly 300 jobs and $30 million in annual economic output for our local communities.

Development in the Thompson Divide area is not a “game-changer” for Colorado’s oil and gas industry, but development in the area would seriously impact rich and vibrant rural economies built around existing uses in the Thompson Divide. 

 

Agriculture

This area remains the strongest enclave of traditional ranching and farming culture in the Roaring Fork Valley

Economy

Ranching, tourism, and outdoor recreation in the Thompson Divide provide valuable direct and indirect economic benefits to our local economy.

Water

The Thompson Divide spans more than 15 watershed and provides clean water for agricultural & domestic use.

Recreation

The Thompson Divide area is a place of adventure for hunters, bikers, skiers, hikers, fly-fisherman, and other visitors.