Environmental group puts up Pueblo billboard to defend Great Sand Dunes


As vehicles zip through Pueblo burning fossil fuels, the Denver-based Center for Western Priorities has a new billboard along Interstate 25 announcing its “Don’t Drill Our Parks” campaign.

The advertising features the Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado. The Bureau of Land Management is considering leasing out parcels for oil and gas development outside the eastern border of the park.

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“The Trump administration continues to endanger our national parks, selling off lands to industrial development right at their gateways,” Jennifer Rokala, executive director of the Center for Western Priorities, said in a press release Friday morning. “The administration might have given the Sand Dunes a temporary reprieve, but we’re very concerned it will be put back on the chopping block. We need leaders who will put the people who live, work, and play on these lands ahead of oil and gas companies and special interests. This campaign sends a very clear message to our leaders in Washington: We must stop President Trump from drilling the doorsteps of our national parks.”

The billboard is south of City Center Drive in Pueblo.

The campaign includes similar billboards near Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico and Canyonlands National Park in Utah ti reach park visitors, the Center for Western Priorities said. Pueblo is about 60 miles east of the northern portion of the Great Sand Dunes.

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