There is no state that is prouder of its physical environment than Colorado, and it is why most of us are drawn here. The state whose "fruited plains" and "purple mountains majesty" inspired "America the Beautiful," deserves to be preserved and protected. The legacy of our public lands must be passed to future generations and I will work tirelessly in the State Senate to preserve it.
Unfortunately, today Colorado's lands are under tremendous pressure. Unrelenting growth, aggressive energy development, federal lands up for grabs, and roadless areas on the chopping block -- the pressure is unbelievable, and it's not letting up. We cannot be too vigilant in guarding against long-term negative consequences.