Almost fully frozen river with trees surrounding it.
Yampa River Yampa River in snow. © Raul Touzon


Statement from Carlos Fernández, Colorado State Director for The Nature Conservancy on Governor Polis’ State of the State Address

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“We are heartened today by Governor Polis’ remarks in his State of the State address regarding his continued commitment to addressing climate change. From on-going drought and dangerous air quality to unprecedented weather events and the recent Marshall Fire, we are seeing the expanding effects of our changing climate and we need bold and quick action to address it.

“Investing in climate action is investing in the health of our communities.  This includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, addressing wildfire risk and the health of our forests, developing solutions for drought and water shortages, and working to make sure all communities benefit. We commend the Governor and the legislature for passing legislation last year to advance this work such as the Colorado Wild Pass and other efforts that increase support and access for all Coloradans to state parks and other public protected areas. We are encouraged by the funding available for this work through the infrastructure bill and the prioritization of these investments in the Governor’s proposed budget.

“We applaud the Governor’s focus on protecting important lands and waters and, through this, contributing to a resilient and connected network of landscapes that will support the needs of people and nature as we adapt to a changing climate.

“Thank you, Governor Polis for your work to protect our environment. Colorado has been a leader in addressing climate change and we urge you to prioritize climate change action and the protection of the places where we live, work and play for now and for future generations.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 70 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.