Issue Position: Colorado's Sportsmen and Women
From the largest herds of elk in North America to its gold medal fisheries, Colorado is home to world-class hunting and angling - and home to some of the most passionate and seasoned sportsmen and women in the United States. Not only are their outdoor pastimes Colorado traditions, but they are significant to Colorado's economy. Hunting, fishing and wildlife watching generate more than $1 billion a year, and support at least 20,000 full-time jobs in our state.
As a member of Congress and fellow outdoorsman, you can be sure I am working to protect our opportunities for sportsmen and women, the natural resources they retreat to, and the local economies that they support. During my time in Congress I have:
* Passed legislation protecting the ability of state game and fish agencies to regulate hunting and fishing rather than allowing those decisions to be left up to district courts.
* Successfully sponsored authorization requests to purchase 5000 acres of popular big game country near the Denver Metro Area - now part of the USFS and open to public hunting.
* Encouraged the National Park Service to utilize Colorado sportsmen and women in an elk management plan for Rocky Mountain National Park, thereby providing leverage for the Colorado Division of Wildlife to be part of the solution.
* Opposed the indiscriminate sale of our public lands.
* Encouraged the development of low-maintenance shooting ranges on public lands to provide more opportunities for safe recreational shooting.
* Introduced common-sense legislation to promote healthy forests.
* Passed legislation designating the James Peak Wilderness Area.
* Fought to provide a balanced approach to energy development in the West, and protection of our roadless areas.
* Voted to reauthorize the CRP and wetlands programs that our waterfowl and upland birds depend upon.
* Fought for clean water standards and authored legislation to aid the cleanup of abandoned hard rock mines to keep our rivers and fisheries strong and healthy.
* Worked with a local Trout Unlimited chapter to raise money to preserve a stretch along the Eagle River.
* Served as Vice-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus Committee on Chronic Wasting Disease.