Protecting Public Lands & Sustainable Recreation Opportunities

CMC Conservation works to preserve and enhance human-powered recreation in balance with natural resource conservation on Colorado's public lands. Our projects include engaging on public land planning, advocating for land designations including Wilderness, and supporting legislation related to outdoor recreation and conservation.

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Make your voice heard on planning and policy decisions that impact outdoor recreation! Our easy-to-use online commenting tool directs your feedback to land managers and legislators on local, state and national issues. Click Here to submit a comment on a current campaign.

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Project Highlights

Decalibron Loop Trail Access: CMC has been working with landowners, land managers, local municipalities, volunteers, and other partner organizations to protect access to several 14,000-foot peaks in Park County. CMC's work to protect access to these peaks includes trail monitoring and education and advocating for legislation to revise the Colorado Recreational Use Statute (CRUS). Learn more about the effort to fix the CRUS

Outside 285: The goal of this project is to balance increasing demands for outdoor recreation opportunities with critical wildlife habitat conservation along the HWY 285 corridor. Read the plan's Executive Summary to learn more. 

GMUG Forest Planning: The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) is in the midst of a multi-year process to revise their Forest Plan

Gunnison Outdoor Resource Protection (GORP) Act: This proposal was built on recommendations from a local, grassroots working group and is aimed at protecting natural resources and public lands in the Gunnison Basin.  Learn More.

Colorado Wilderness Act: Aims to protect the wide array of Colorado’s pristine wilderness, from breathtaking desert landscapes to striking mountain areas. It encompasses 660,000 acres of public land primarily managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Learn More.

Colorado Outdoor Recreation Economy (CORE) Act: Aims to protect over 400,000 acres in Summit and Eagle Counties, the San Juan Mountains, Curecanti, and the Thomson Divide.  Learn More.

Backcountry snowsports initiative

The Backcountry Snowsports Initiative (BSI) works to protect winter recreation landscapes for backcountry skiers, splitboarders, snowshoers, Nordic skiers, and winter mountaineers. With Winter Travel Planning on the horizon for Colorado Forests, we are working with skiers and land managers to help determine where motorized use should be allowed or restricted on public lands so that sensitive snowscapes, wildlife habitat, and quiet recreation opportunities remain intact. BSI partners with local and national groups and has been involved in winter recreation planning at Vail Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass, and more.

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