The Great American Outdoors Act

June 4th the House introduced this bill that is companion to a Senate Bill introduced in March. It would ensure full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million each year and fund maintenance backlogs of $1.5 Billion annually over the next 5 years on public land and water according to Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

These lands include those managed by the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Education.

“The Great American Outdoors Act is the conservation investment our country needs, creating jobs and boosting local economies by enhancing treasured natural spaces,” said Tom Cors, director of government relations for lands at The Nature Conservancy. “As the last few months have demonstrated, nature plays a vital role in our emotional and economic well-being.”

It has bi-partisan support in both the chambers and the support of over 900 organizations.

I will provide an update if this passes on how the money gets to our region and how we can help guide agency prioritization in taking care of our land at the town, county and federal level.

Blue River Forested Watershed Update

The Blue River Watershed Group in partnership with Trout Unlimited is engaged in an especially important Integrated Watershed Management Plan that will provide vital data to drive projects in our area for eco-restoration and health.

They need your help with this community survey to help guide their steps moving forward. Please take the time to fill out the survey and to share with your friends and colleagues. 1TnM_rs2UR-ZLKdLTCXfg/viewform

Local Conservation Efforts

Water savings in your home or business can mean a lot. Check out the programs run by HC3 or your local town.

Sincerely, Tom Koehler Founder Sustainable Hiker follow me on Facebook


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Write to the USFS Please write to the United States Forest Service to stop a proposed new reservoir near Holy Cross Wilderness. The cities of Aurora and Colorado Springs want to build a new reservoir,

As a Summit County, Colorado Local Tom Koehler, founder of Sustainable Hiker, is passionate about driving people toward solutions for the health of our forests and waters. After many years of success in the capital markets that include stints as Director of Research for a wealth management company and Managing Director on a bond desk at a D.C. bank, Tom recognizes the true crisis that we are in with our forests and waterways and wants to foster a community that participates in its healing through traditional and non-traditional means. 


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