Gov. Hickenlooper announces Colorado Trail Explorer – an online statewide trail map

DENVER — Friday, June 2, 2017 — The Colorado Trail Explorer – a comprehensive online statewide trail map and a key component of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Colorado the Beautiful initiative – is now live and available to the public in celebration of National Trails Day on June 3.

The Colorado Trail Explorer includes more than 39,000 miles of trails managed by more than 225 jurisdictions across the state. It ranges from paths managed by towns and counties to hiking, bicycling or motorized trails running through state parks and federal lands. It represents the first-ever effort to provide routes for every trail in Colorado through a single mapping tool.

“The Colorado Trail Explorer builds on our Colorado the Beautiful initiative by giving people quick and easy access to recreational opportunities and more readily connects people with the outdoors,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Consolidating trail information that traditionally exists in dozens or hundreds of places into a single application makes it easier for Coloradans to find the trail options that might be just beyond their back door or near a favorite destination.”

Trail managers across Colorado have collaborated with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and mapping leader Esri to provide data for the project since it was announced in June of 2015. To date, the Colorado Trail Explorer includes more than 17,000 trails and maps more than 1,400 trailheads. While the online map is now fully public, work continues to add additional data, particularly related to non-motorized trails on federal lands. CPW will continue working on a mobile app for the Colorado Trail Explorer. Currently, the desktop version is mobile friendly.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord

DENVER — Thursday, June 1, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord:

“It is a serious mistake to back out of the Paris Accord. This is a historic global agreement between almost every nation on earth to address the single most pressing issue facing humanity. Abandoning this climate deal is like ripping off your parachute when you should be pulling the ripcord.  

“America’s greatness has always been demonstrated by our moral leadership. Today, we break ranks with 190 nations who are working together to stop the worst effects of climate change, which the scientific community agrees would devastate the global economy and our planet, and the defense community agrees would destabilize vulnerable nations that have served as breeding grounds for international terrorism.   

“The U.S. is letting go the reins of world leadership, allowing other countries like Russia, India, and China to take our seat at the international table. Our economic and technological competitiveness will suffer. Isolationism is not leadership.

“Colorado’s commitment to clean air and clean energy will continue. Clean energy is abundant, home-grown, and creates 21st century jobs for our modern workforce across every part of our state. We renew our commitment to pursue cleaner energy at a lower cost. To do otherwise would be governmental malpractice.”

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Wednesday, May 31, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Channel Authority.

The Colorado Channel Authority televises the proceedings of the Colorado House of Representatives and Senate and such other programming of a state governmental nature as the Authority may approve.

For a term expiring Oct. 6, 2019:

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on Mead oil and gas site accident

DENVER — Friday, May 26, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement on Thursday’s accident at an oil and gas site in Mead, Colo:

“Today is about the victims and families of the Mead accident. It’s a terrible tragedy and our hearts and prayers are with them and the entire Mead community. Our state agencies are in constant contact with local authorities and have offered our full assistance and resources. We certainly recognize the safety concerns raised given the recent home explosion in Firestone, but at this time we have no reason to believe that there is any relationship between the circumstances that led to these two accidents. It is important to note that this was a workplace incident that also will be investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Our number one priority is public safety. We will continue to work closely with investigating agencies and the industry to better understand the cause of this accident and take any necessary action to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”

Gov. Hickenlooper signs Long Bill for 2017-18

DENVER — Friday, May 26, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed SB17-254 “2017-18 Long Appropriations Bill” into law.

SB17-254 establishes an operating budget of $28.7 billion from all fund sources in FY 2017-18, with $10.6 billion from the General Fund. This represents a 5.8 percent increase over FY 2016-17 total funds appropriations, and a 5.7 percent General Fund increase.

"This bill, and the passage of the hospital provider fee enterprise, allowed us to avoid draconian decisions to important parts of the budget and protected funding for health care and schools,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “I applaud the commitment and collaboration of all of the participants in this process as they once again showed a spirit of bipartisanship that effectively serves the the people of Colorado.”