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ICYMI: Conservation Colorado calls on Gardner to oppose Pendley in new ad

Aug 10, 2020

Contact: Jessica Goad, Conservation Colorado,

Conservation Colorado just launched a new campaign calling on Sen. Gardner to oppose Trump’s nomination of William Perry Pendley to lead the Bureau of Land Management. The effort began this weekend with a full-page newspaper ad in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel:

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From: Jessica Goad <>
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2020
Subject: New effort – Sen. Gardner must oppose Pendley nomination

I wanted to be sure you saw that Conservation Colorado this morning launched a new effort urging Senator Cory Gardner to immediately announce his opposition to and eventually vote against William Perry Pendley — an extreme anti-public lands zealot — as President Trump’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management.

As part of this effort, we:

  • Posted a new website outlining why Pendley is unfit to oversee Colorado — and America’s — public lands.
  • Ran a full-page print advertisement in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel yesterday (and again next Sunday August 17th) noting that Colorado’s public lands are NOT for sale. Grand Junction is the location of Gardner and Pendley’s lackluster effort to move the BLM out of Washington, D.C.
  • Will be asking our 60,000 members to urge Senator Gardner to announce his opposition to Pendley.

While there is still no specific timeline for hearings and a vote on Pendley in the U.S. Senate, National Public Radio reports this morning that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee — on which Senator Gardner serves — “received final documents and paperwork from the administration that were needed to hold a hearing.”

In case it’s helpful, here’s a quote from me that you are welcome to use:

“During the pandemic, Coloradans have shown more than ever before that they love our national parks and open spaces. So, our Congressional decision makers must stand up for Colorado’s lands and outdoor recreation values not just by voting yes on bills, but also by opposing radical political nominees who pose grave threats to the places that we hold dear. Senator Gardner must immediately announce his opposition to and vote no on the nomination of William Perry Pendley to lead the Bureau of Land Management.”

I’d be happy to chat in more detail about our efforts and why Pendley is the wrong choice for Colorado’s public lands.

Thanks so much,

Jessica Goad
Deputy Director
Conservation Colorado
desk: 303-405-6709
cell: 720-206-4235

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