Colorado lawmakers reveal national park proposal

Kelly Sloan
Kelly Sloan

Kelly Sloan, The Business Times

U.S. Senator Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton have revealed a draft proposal to designate Colorado National Monument a national park.

Stressing their proposal is not a bill, the two Colorado lawmakers released a summary of the technical recommendations of a working committee formed to compile a draft and now seek public comment on them.

“To be clear, I have not drafted a bill in the House of Representatives to change the designation of the Colorado National Monument,” said Tipton, a Republican whose 3rd Congressional District includes the monument. “Any potential legislation to change that status of the monument first must be community driven and locally supported. I look forward to the community’s comments and ideas on the committee’s recommendations and will take them into careful consideration as we determine what’s next.”

“I strongly urge local residents, businesses and stakeholders to study this draft and provide us feedback,” said Udall, a Democrat. “This step will hopefully provide us with a bipartisan, common-sense way forward to honor John Otto’s original vision for the Colorado National Monument.”

Highlights of the summary include naming the Colorado National Monument Rimrock Canyons National Park; maintaining existing boundaries, water rights, and rights of way; prohibiting the creation of any buffer zones around a new park; and maintaining access to Glade Park.

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