Sportsmen's and wildlife groups want safeguards for wildlife and fish in South Park: Image: Suzanne O'Neill/CWF
By Judith Kohler
Sportsmen’s and wildlife groups want to see important wildlife habitat in Colorado’s South Park closed to oil and gas drilling, safeguards in other wildlife areas during critical times of the year and buffers to protect the area’s valuable trout fisheries.
The National Wildlife Federation and Colorado Wildlife Federation have joined other outdoor organizations in providing input to the Bureau of Land Management in the first round of public comments for a document that will chart the future of South Park, a regionally renowned fishing, hunting and recreation area. South Park is the headwaters of the South Platte River and provides at least a third of the Denver area’s drinking water.
The BLM will write a master leasing plan for South Park as part of an update of the resource management plan for its Royal Gorge field office. There will be more opportunities for public input in coming months.