Westerners Care About Conservation — The Results Are In!

The most recent Conservation in the West poll, conducted by the Western Resource Advocates, shows that westerners really care about clean air, clean water, and access to their open spaces.

WRA_1_2015-02-28Arizona Loves Its Water 

Arizona may be a desert state, but the polls show the Arizonans care deeply about water. 89% of people in Arizona say that the low levels of water in rivers is a serious problem…

 

WRA_2_2015-02-28Colorado Loves Its Outdoor Lifestyle

Coloradans love their state and truly value their clean environment and outdoor lifestyle, with public land access trumping even economic opportunities for the greatest draw. Above all other states, Coloradans were the most in favor of politicians promoting greater renewable energy usage and protecting public lands…

WRA_3_2015-02-28New Mexico Loves Its Public Lands

New Mexicans love their public lands and they are the state with the highest percentage of people likely to reject the sale of public land to reduce the federal budget deficit…

 

Utah Worries About Its Air Quality WRA_4_2015-02-28

Residents of Utah love their close access to public lands and low cost of living, but worry about their water supplies and air quality…  More than any other Western state, people of Utah felt that air pollution or smog was a problem, with two-thirds saying it is a very serious problem.

 

WRA_5_2015-02-28Wyoming Loves Its Access to Public Lands

Wyoming residents love where they are and more residents say access to public lands is a reason to live and stay where they do more than economic opportunities, taxes or cost of living. 97% of Wyoming residents polled said they visited public lands in the past year, with 43% saying they had been more than twenty times!

You can read the full article at http://westernviews.org/2015/02/27/the-results-are-in-westerners-care-about-conversation/

[Western Resource Advocates (WRA), a regional non-profit conservation organization headquartered in Boulder, CO with programs and staff from Idaho to Arizona. Their mission is to protect the West’s land, air, and water. Their toolbox includes law, science, economics, advocacy, education, and action]

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Michelle Poolet

PLAN Jeffco Board Member. Michelle Poolet is a relative new-comer to PLAN Jeffco, but not to the world of volunteer work. She has been on the Board of PLAN Jeffco since 2008, and in that time has worked hard to ensure the success of various PJ conferences and events. She is part of the PLAN Jeffco web content subcommittee, and liaisons between the PLAN Jeffco Board and the Open Space Advisory Committee. Her “day job” is as President and Chief Enterprise Architect of Mount Vernon Data Systems, a BBB A+ accredited database consulting company. Michelle lives on Lookout Mountain, in unincorporated JeffCo, with her best pal, TessaRose the collie, with whom she enjoys daily trekking in the forests.

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