LCV & Conservation Colorado Respond to Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument Designation and Thompson Divide Protections

Contact: Emily Samsel, esamsel@lcv.org, 828-713-9647

Washington, D.C. – In response to President Biden designating Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument and announcing plans to better protect  the Thompson Divide in Colorado, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Conservation Colorado released the following statements:  

“This is big! We have been working for over a decade with bipartisan community supporters for the permanent protection of the Camp Hale-Continental Divide area and we’re thrilled about the additional protections planned for the Thompson Divide,” said Kelly Nordini, Conservation’s Colorado’s CEO. “Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, and Congressman Joe Neguse have done Colorado proud with their leadership to protect these landscapes for generations to come. Thank you President Biden for making this your first, of hopefully many to come, monument designations that protect the places people love and boost local economies.”

“President Biden designating Camp Hale-Continental Divide as the first national monument of this administration and additional protections for the Thompson Divide are big victories for Colorado and the country,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “The extensive history of the military and outdoor recreation industry, along with vital ecological resources and wildlife habitats in the region are worthy of permanent protection. LCV appreciates the tireless leadership of local advocates and officials as well as Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, Governor Jared Polis, and Congressman Joe Neguse. We hope this is one of many new national monuments in the near future and look forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration to protect additional lands and waters across the country.” 

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