On June 28, the Trump administration released a resource management plan for a huge swath of southwestern Colorado. The plan would expand federal fossil fuel development in the area, threatening an organic agriculture hub and flouting a new Colorado climate law calling for steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
The Uncompahgre plan covers about 675,000 acres of public land and almost one million acres of federal minerals in southwestern Colorado. The region includes the North Fork Valley and Telluride, known for outdoor recreation opportunities and Colorado’s largest concentration of organic agriculture. Many endangered and threatened species reside in the area as well, including Colorado pikeminnows, razorback suckers, greenback cutthroat trout and Gunnison sage grouse.
“The plan is a slap in the face to Colorado’s commitment to reduce climate pollution and the reality of the climate crisis,” said Guardians’ Rebecca Fischer. “We’ll see if it stands up in court.”
Read the press release.