Sportsmen for Boulder-White Clouds take anglers on trip to make case for monument

Sun, 10/19/2014

Members of Sportsmen for Boulder-White Clouds recentlyt took fellow anglers on trip to a part of the proposed national monument. Photo courtesy of Idaho Wildlife Federation

By Steve Stuebner

Sportsmen for Boulder-White Clouds took several seasoned anglers into the Big Boulder lakes recently to go fishing.The Big Boulder lakes are located in the headwaters of the White Cloud Mountains. The cold, clean water in the lakes is ideal for growing lots of fish.

A horse packer carried our camping gear and float tubes into Walker Lake. But the anglers had to pack their float tubes up steep, rocky slopes to access the best fishing. All of the hard work paid off, because once the anglers starting fishing, they were catching fish constantly.

Browns Canyon comes to downtown Denver

Sun, 10/19/2014

Sportsmen for Browns Canyon highlighted the Colorado outdoor and wildlife treasure in a video and light show in downtown Denver. NWF Photo

Browns Canyon was transported via video show, lights and music to the canyons of downtown Denver Friday night

Sportsmen for Browns Canyon sponsored the light show in Civic Center Park as part of the campaign to designate the outdoor and wildlife gem a national monument. Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, sponsor of legislation to make the area a national monument, spoke at the event attended by hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts.


Outdoor recreation is more than just fun!

David Leinweber, Oct. 6, 2014

From left are David Leinweber, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe, Bill Dvorak and David Dragoo.

(David Leinweber, owner of Angler's Covey in Colorado Springs, traveled to D.C. with members of the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development, a  coalition led by the National Wildlife Federation, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Trout Unlimited.)

I just finished up a trip to Washington DC. Trout Unlimited had asked me to be a part of a team that met with the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, and staff members of a few Colorado politicians. For the record, Doug Lamborn's office would not meet with us.

Our message was that the Oil and Gas Industry was not the only industry that depends on public lands. The Outdoor Industry, with $646 billion of consumer spending, is much larger than $354 billion spent on oil and gas.

The Outdoor Industry, including hunting and fishing, has far more values when it comes to long-term economic business development. This is especially true in small rural communities where oil and gas provide less than 2% of jobs compared to upwards of 70% for jobs related to outdoor recreation. In 2010, the Department of the Interior announced a new set of policies that were designed to help balance energy production and other values like fishing and hunting on federal lands.  

It sounds simple, but it’s a layer of up-front analysis that hadn’t been happening before.  

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BLM launches initiative to improve public lands management

Thu, 10/02/2014


More than 150 people either attended or logged on Wednesday for the first public session on the BLM's Planning 2.0 project. NWF Photo/Judith Kohler

By Judith Kohler

GOLDEN, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is moving into uncharted territory -- and inviting the public along -- as it takes steps to improve its planning process. More than 150 people participated in person or over the internet in the first public meeting on the initiative.

The crowd on hand for the Oct. 1 session on what BLM has dubbed “Planning 2.0” included members of conservation and hunting and angling groups. An Oct. 7 meeting in Sacramento is another chance for the public to give its initial input into the BLM’s effort to more effectively and efficiently plan across landscapes.

The lead partners in the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development – the National Wildlife Federation, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Trout Unlimited – have long urged the BLM to manage across landscapes. The SFRED coalition has pushed for the use of master leasing plans, which are intended to resolve conflicts where potential energy leases and waterways, fish and wildlife resources overlap.