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Sportsmen urge CO governor, senator to back sage grouse conservation

Wed, 05/13/2015

Sportsmen support conserving greater sage-grouse and its habitat, which supports more than  350 species. Image:NWF 

DENVER -- Several sportsmen’s organizations are urging Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Cory Gardner to support ongoing efforts to conserve the greater sage-grouse and ensure that strong safeguards are in place in Colorado for the bird and its habitat.

In separate letters sent this week to the governor and Colorado senator, groups representing thousands of hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts in the state expressed support for strong conservation plans to protect not only the sage grouse “but our Western values, economy and irreplaceable wildlife habitat.” A 2013 Colorado Parks and Wildlife report estimated that hunting, fishing and other wildlife-related recreation produce a total of about $5 billion in annual economic benefits.


Sportsmen: State takeover of public lands could leave public behind

Judith Kohler May 12, 2015

Image: Lew Carpenter

Hunters, anglers voice concerns about management and fiscal burdens.

Montana sportsmen praise Bullock’s veto of anti-public lands bill

Montana Wildlife Federation May 6, 2015

Image: Montana Wildlife Federation

“This anti-public lands bill was a bad idea for Montana every step of the way, and we’re grateful to Governor Bullock for standing with Montanans against any scheme to ultimately close off our public lands,” said Joelle Selk, president of the Montana Bowhunters Association.  “We join tens of thousands of Montanans in calling on our elected leaders to stop pushing out-of-state, astro-turf plans to weaken our outdoor heritage."