City/Country: Steamboat Springs, CO
Winter and ski season in 2013 alone provided nearly $18M in rent revenue to the Forest Service by the 22 ski areas operating on federal forest lands in Colorado. The US Forest Service is also central to our conservation efforts and helping combat the impacts of drought and floods in our state. Climate events, including regional drought, fires and floods in the Southwestern United States has limited our snowpack, affected our local economies, decreased tourism revenue and diminished our water supply. Healthy communities world wide need access to water and work. And here in Colorado, access to work and water is dependent on our snow fall. As a woman skier and former downhill ski racer, I fully support the new Sustainable Development Goal #13 ("Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts") and intend to present to Coloradan ski area leaders the energy and water savings measures to lessen the impacts of climate change on our precious peaks and mountains majesty. I am Pro Snow, Pro Climate Justice and Pro Colorado Ski Tourism.