Udall pushes for Camp Hale recognition | PostIndependent.com

Udall pushes for Camp Hale recognition

PANDO, Colorado – On Friday, Sen. Mark Udall introduced the Camp Hale Study Act of 2011, co-sponsored by Sen. Michael Bennet. It directs the secretary of the interior to study the feasibility and suitability of establishing Camp Hale as a national historic district and a separate unit of the National Park system.

Camp Hale, between Red Cliff and Leadville, was used by U.S. armed forces such as the Army’s 10th Mountain Division during World War II and the Cold War as a training facility for combat in high-alpine and mountainous conditions. In addition, the CIA used the camp to train Tibetan freedom fighters to resist Chinese occupation in the 1950s and ’60s.

Camp Hale was de-activated in 1965. It is now part of the White River and San Isabel national forests. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. Udall’s bill would call for an analysis of whether it is feasible to establish Camp Hale as a national historic district to recognize and protect its significance in the defense of our nation over the past century.

Udall introduced similar legislation in the 111th Congress. It passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and would have been included in a public lands omnibus bill Udall pushed for in 2010.

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