I’m writing to Thank Senator Mark Udall for looking into new Wilderness designations in Central Colorado and Browns Canyon. It’s no surprise that Mr. Udall chose these area’s to study for possible protection, because support for wilderness protection runs deep.
As the co-founder of Fishpond USA my business is directly impacted by how we treat our public lands and rivers. The gear we sell is used on our rivers, and healthy rivers are dependent on healthy watersheds. Wilderness protects the headwaters and wetlands that comprise these vital watersheds. Wilderness designation is the best way to preserve the “natural capital” that makes Colorado great.
Fishpond, inc. both employs people here in Dillon, and has relationships with suppliers and retailers in other markets. The healthy environment that allows me to do business in Dillon has a ripple effect on other economies in the Colorado Rockies and beyond. Local businesses like mine benefit from our surrounding natural landscapes. It is important we invest in our “natural capital” by protecting portions of the landscape. I applaud Mr. Udall for beginning a process to designate new wilderness and urge him to introduce legislation as soon as possible.
John Land Le Coq