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National Wildlife Federation

NWF celebrates a new national monument: Colorado's Browns Canyon

Judith Kohler February 18, 2015

“Browns Canyon is widely revered for its rafting, fishing, hunting, hiking, wildlife watching, and rugged backcountry," said Collin O’Mara, the National Wildlife Federation’s CEO and president, "This is why folks from all walks of life, lawmakers from both parties, and conservation leaders across Colorado, including our state affiliate the Colorado Wildlife Federation, have worked for more than two decades to protect it.  On behalf of the entire National Wildlife Federation, we are grateful to the president for supporting wildlife and amazing outdoor experiences by permanently protecting this conservation jewel." ~ Collin O'Mara

Sportsmen's, wildlife groups say new poll confirms support for public lands

Judith Kohler February 11, 2015

Medicine Bow Wyoming
Image: Lew Carpenter 

"Once again, a survey of public sentiment underlines just how off-track state and congressional lawmakers are when they push to take public lands out of public hands. Voters get it; these are America's public lands. They belong to all of us and we all have an obligation to take care of them and ensure our children, grandchildren and beyond enjoy the same opportunity to experience America's great outdoor legacy," said Kate Zimmerman, NWF's public lands policy director.

Majority of Roan Plateau Leases Canceled

Meghan Cornwall

Image: John Gale

The BLM has canceled 17 of 19 oil and gas leases on Colorado's Roan Plateau following the November 2014 settlement agreement. The Roan is crucial winter and habitat for big game such as mule deer and elk.  

Mining claims pose threat to Browns Canyon

Bill Dvorak, Jan. 7, 2014

It was a great day for Chaffee County and Colorado when Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet introduced the Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act of 2013 in December.

There is broad support for this legislation among us locals because it will bring significant economic benefits and preserve the special resources of the area as they are now.

I’ve been asked why we need to make Browns Canyon a national monument – why can’t we just leave it as it is?