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Rick Worthington CORE Act Good For Ranchers
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Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: July 08, 2019

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CORE Act Good For Ranchers

A measure that would safeguard some 400,000 acres of public lands across Colorado cleared a key U.S. House committee this week.

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy, or CORE Act, would protect roughly 200,000 acres of the Thompson Divide from the impacts of oil and gas and other development – land that rancher Tai Jacober relies on to raise his hormone- and antibiotic-free cattle.

He says by preserving landscapes as they exist today, the act should help the state's farmers and ranchers remain open for business.

"The CORE Act is really an important part of running a ranch in Colorado, because it provides important grazing lands during the summer months that have been relied on for many generations," says Jacober.

Critics worry the measure could add additional red tape for extraction industries, including oil and gas producers.

Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier says public lands and Wilderness Areas help define Summit County, and are a significant economic driver.

"Colorado has a $62 billion outdoor-recreation industry," says Stiegelmeier. "It is why people are moving to Colorado like crazy. It is what we're all about."

Most of Colorado's congressional delegation supports the bill.

The measure is a result of decades of work by such diverse groups as ranchers, small business owners, veterans, local elected officials and water and energy groups.

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