(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: Park Hill Residents File Lawsuit Against Safe Outdoor Space For Homeless In Church Parking Lot
It could be the largest wilderness protection package to advance through the chamber in more than a decade.READ MORE: Busy Friday Night In Downtown Denver Could Signal Trend Toward Post-Pandemic Life
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: Colorado's Comeback: Moviegoers Return To Regal Theatres Amid COVID Safety Protocols
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.