(CBS4) – The U.S. House of Representatives could approve a new wilderness protection package this week. It includes more than 600,000 acres of land in Colorado.
The legislation would permanently protect 1.3 million acres of federal land across Colorado, California and Washington.READ MORE: Tri-County Health Investigating After Deer Trail School District Parents Claim Mask Mandate Is Being Ignored
It could be the largest wilderness protection package to advance through the chamber in more than a decade.READ MORE: 'Shady... Cronyism' At Denver Parks And Rec Says City Council Member
Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette is one of the lead sponsors of the legislation.
“The urgency now is that so many new people are moving to Colorado. These lands are under threat of oil and gas drilling or of minerals, and they’re still so pristine. They’re the most pristine, beautiful areas we have left. So that’s why its so urgent right now,” she said.MORE NEWS: Colfax Marathon Returns To The Streets After Pandemic
If passed, low-to-mid elevation areas in Colorado, including Handies Peak and Dolores River Canyon, would be under the highest level of land protection available.