Western Voices: Director of outdoor group wants to make Hispanic voices heard

  Rod Torrez stands on the the Pajarito Plateau in northern New Mexico. Photo Courtesy of Rod Torrez

By Judith Kohler | 4.14.14 
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Rod Torrez appeared headed toward a career in academia when a stint as a firefighter with the National Park Service set him on a different path, but one that he knew well. 

From working as a naturalist in the Grand Canyon’s backcountry to chief of resource education at Bandelier National Monument, Torrez was in his element. He grew up along Colorado’s Front Range and spent much of his childhood outdoors.

Montana Fish, Wildlife Commission backs protecting Rocky Mountain Front

  Horses and Ear Mountain. Photo: Gene Sentz

By Montana Wildlife Federation | 4.14.14 
Responding to a request from the Montana Wildlife Federation, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has endorsed the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act to protect some of the most wildlife-rich country in the state.

The commission gave unanimous support April 10 to a resolution supporting federal legislation, S. 364. The bill would add 67,000 acres to the Bob Marshall Wilderness and designate an additional 208,000 acres along the Front as a conservation management area, which would maintain current motorized routes and keep public lands open to traditional grazing and other uses.

National Wildlife Federation stepping up outreach to hunters and anglers

  Russell in his element

The National Wildlife Federation was formed by hunters and anglers who acknowledged the need to unite all wildlife and conservation interests. For nearly 80 years, NWF has been leading on issues that are critical to sportsmen and women.

Now, NWF is stepping up its commitment to conservation-minded hunters and anglers by hiring program staff to engage and activate this important constituency. The newest member of that team, Russell Bassett, was hired in February as the online campaign coordinator for hunter and angler outreach.

Colorado Parks, Wildlife launches public meetings on mule deer

  Mule Deer. Photo: flickr, tuchodi

By Judith Kohler | 4.2.14 
DENVER – This month, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will launch a series of statewide public meetings focused on solutions to the declining mule deer populations in western Colorado.

The first meeting is April 16 in Loveland and six more are scheduled through May 20. State wildlife officials are seeking feedback on its Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy, which will guide efforts to increase deer numbers. CPW officials have said the goal is to announce the strategy later this year.

Mule deer numbers have been dropping across the West for several years. CPW has said it wants to bring together sportsmen and women, landowners, outfitters, biologists, local elected officials and other state and federal agencies to discuss the issues.