Led by the Outdoor Alliance and Outdoor Industry Association, a broad coalition of human-powered outdoors recreation groups and businesses today asked Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to protect
The consortium stressed the importance of public-lands roadless areas in sustaining both
“The availability of high-quality outdoor recreation opportunities is a major contributing factor to the quality of life in
Members of the outdoors industry and outdoors groups have been meeting with representatives from the state and U.S. Forest Service throughout the development of the
“Roadless areas in
Those signing the letter included Brady Robinson, Executive Director, Access Fund; Kenny Ballard, President, Kelty; Mike Van Abel, Executive Director, International Mountain Bicycling Association; Brad Mushovic, Executive Director, Outward Bound Wilderness; Kim Coupounas, CEO and Co-Founder, GoLite; Nathan Fey, Colorado Stewardship Director, American Whitewater; Chip Coe, President, SmartWool; Dan Grunig, Executive Director, Bicycle Colorado; Leslie Tyson, President, Colorado Whitewater Association; Paul Gagner, President, Sierra Designs; Keith Baker, CEO, The Trailhead; Roger Schimmel, Chairperson, Red Mountain Pass Chapter/Backcountry Snowsports Alliance; Mike Bellick, President, Slumberjack; Rodney Smith, President, Backpackers Pantry Colorado Kayak Supply; David Secunda, Program Director, Avid4 Adventure; Greg Floyd, President and Owner, Bent Gate Mountaineering; Lee Hart, President, Brand Amp; Lou Patterson, Principal, Category One, Confluence Kayaks; Sam Mix, Marketing Manager, Osprey; Kay Martin, President, Headsweats; Mike Pritchard, Director, Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association; Bob Wade, Owner, Ute Mountaineer; John Moore, ITW Publishing; Deb Read, President, Mosaic Community Project; Fred Knapp, President and Co-Founder, Sharp End Publishing; Terry Malouf, President, Terry Malouf Consulting; Dayna Macey, Director of Communications, Backpacker Magazine, Andrew Mattox, CEO, Alpaca Raft; Leslie Lovejoy, Director, Friends of the Routt; Jonathan Lantz, President, La Sportiva; Rob Shurr, President, Kickstand Integrated Marketing, Smoky Anderson, President, Smokey Anderson Inc; Tom Gordon, President, Great Plains Mountain Stuff; Julia Wieck, Owner, TONIC.