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Colorado is well-known for its incredible outdoor landscapes and recreation opportunities. LCV recently took a closer look at Browns Canyon National Monument and spoke with people about what makes the state’s public lands and waters so special, including Congressman Jared Polis (CO-02).

President Obama designated the Browns Canyon National Monument in 2015. Located in Chaffee County a few hours southwest of Denver, the monument consists of canyons, peaks, and forests, and it protects habitats for a wide variety of species. The Arkansas River runs through the monument, adding fishing and whitewater rafting to the recreational opportunities there.

Hear more about Browns Canyon from Chaffee County Commissioner Keith Baker.

The Trump administration specifically lists Canyon of the Ancients National Monument as one of the monuments under “review,” putting its status and protections at risk.  Canyon of the Ancients, in the southwest corner of the states, was designated by President Clinton in 2000. The monument is home a large number of archaeological sites and welcomes more than 30,000 visitors each year.

Our partners at Conservation Colorado are working to protect our public lands and waters because these special places belong to all of us.  Learn about their work from this video featuring Jessica Goad, Communications Director, and Hilda Nucete, Program Director for Protégete: Our Air, Our Health.

There is a lot of support for our public lands and keeping our monuments protected, including 83 percent of Coloradans. Senator Michael Bennet and Governor John Hickenlooper urged Secretary Zinke to protect our monuments and Senator Cory Gardner and Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) urged President Trump to preserve the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.

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