Sportsmen to BLM: Better planning means better balance on public lands

Mon, 09/29/2014

Hunting, angling and outdoor recreation are important to local economies throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Photo by Judith Kohler

DENVER – Sportsmen are urging the Bureau of Land Management to chart a more effective and efficient course for the future of land use planning as the agency holds a series of meetings as part of the revision of its current planning process.

In the coming days, two public listening sessions will be convened by the BLM on its initiative dubbed “Planning 2.0,” a way to “improve our land use planning process so that we can more effectively plan across landscapes at multiple scales and be more responsive to environmental and social change," according to the agency. The meetings will take place in Denver on Oct. 1 and in Sacramento, California, on Oct. 7.

The Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development coalition underscored the need for the BLM to use this opportunity to implement a better land use decision process that will benefit not only the agency but also public lands stakeholders, including hunters, anglers and outdoor-dependent businesses.

Time to Get into the Backcountry and Give Back- National Public Lands Day Sept 27th!

Clare Bastable 9/26/2014

Photo by Sarah PIzzo

What is National Public Lands Day?

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.  Access to public lands is FREE, with national parks, refuges and rangelands offering free entry or waiving the standard amenity fee for visitors.

Sportsmen, wildlife groups address mule deer declines

Mon, 09/22/2014

Sportsmen and wildlife advocates in Wyoming and Colorado are exploring the reasons for mule deer declines and solutions. iStock Photo

BOULDER, Colo. – Wyoming and Colorado have long been home to some of the country’s largest mule deer herds, but continuing declines in the quintessential Western species are prompting hunters and wildlife enthusiasts to team up with state agencies and researchers to stem the losses and boost populations.

The National Wildlife Federation and its Colorado and Wyoming affiliates are working with other advocates and state wildlife agencies to determine what’s driving down mule deer numbers and how to reverse the troubling trend.

NWF and CWF participated in a recent statewide summit hosted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to get input for its Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy. Biologists will present the draft plan to the wildlife commission in November. A CWF/NWF fact sheet, “Legacy in the Crosshairs: Colorado’s ‘Mule-Deer Factory’ on the Decline.”

The Wyoming Wildlife Federation helped establish the Wyoming Mule Deer Coalition, which, in cooperation with Wyoming Game and Fish, organized the first annual mule deer sumit  in August to explore the causes of the muleys’ decline and solutions.



Celebrating 50 Years of American Wilderness

Emily Lande, Sept. 18, 2014

On September 3rd we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act and this week, folks in DC are continuing that celebration in the only
way we know how: by asking members of Congress to continue to put this legislation to work. 
Wilderness designation is the pinnacle of landscape conservation; it provides protection into perpetuity. There are still countless landscapes, where wildlife live and thrive, that are under constant attack by those who
would rather develop than hunt, fish, hike, or recreate on these largely untouched tracts of lands.
The best way to celebrate this significant anniversary and demonstrate to your elected officials how much you care about protecting America’s wilderness is to get
outside and enjoy it! Here are some of our favorite places, found all across the country, where you can do just that. What is your wilderness wonderland?