The scenic town of Trinidad, Colorado with Fishers Peak in background
Fishers Peak The scenic town of Trinidad, Colorado with Fishers Peak in background © Cameron Davidson


Statement from Carlos Fernandez, Colorado State Director for The Nature Conservancy, on the Signing of Senate Bill 3

Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 3, providing $1M in funding toward the opening of Fishers Peak, Colorado's next state park.

“Thank you, Governor Polis for signing and the Colorado legislature for passing Senate Bill 3, a measure that will help fund the creation of Colorado’s next state park.

“The Nature Conservancy is proud of our role in protecting this property and pleased to see this funding put in place to continue to move the park closer to opening to the public.

“During this uncertain time, continuing to invest in our outdoors is extremely important.  As we face a global pandemic, economic hardship, and social unrest, access to nature and the outdoors has provided a place to escape and reflect. Our outdoor spaces are also important economic drivers for rebuilding our communities.

“This funding will help ensure a robust planning process for the state park.  One that includes science, outdoor recreation expertise, historical and cultural context, and local and diverse input that will make this park an amazing place to visit and a tremendous legacy for Colorado.”

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