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Saving the Sagebrush Sea: An Imperiled Western Legacy

Nearly 350 plant and animal species depend on sagebrush habitat for their survival.


Sportsmen welcome Roan Plateau progress

Mon, 11/23/2015

Mule deer are among the wildlife found on western Colorado's Roan Plateau. Image: John Gale


SILT, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management  has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Roan Plateau, a backcountry area prized by hunters and anglers for its fish and wildlife and a cornerstone of the area’s recreation economy.

Sportsmen’s groups were reviewing the draft EIS, but they welcomed the BLM’s designation of last year’s settlement as its preferred option in efforts to balance energy development with conservation.

“This keeps us moving toward a balanced, fair solution to protecting the Roan Plateau,” said David Nickum, executive director of Colorado Trout Unlimited. 

Renewable energy bill has wide support

Tue, 11/17/2015

There is broad, bipartisan support for the Public Lands and Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015. Image: Matt Vincent

By Joel Gay, New Mexico Wildlife Federation

Although members of Congress are often divided, it was refreshing to see all five of New Mexico’s congressional delegation unanimously support bipartisan legislation that would pave the way for responsible development of renewable energy on public lands in New Mexico and throughout the West.

Hunters and anglers have always known that healthy public lands are crucial if we want strong populations of game and fish as well as a vibrant hunting and fishing industry – in New Mexico alone, that sector of the outdoor recreation economy is worth $650 million a year. It should be no surprise that sportsmen support responsible energy development on public lands, which gives us both abundant energy but also protects critical wildlife habitat and our outdoor way of life.

The Public Lands and Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015 would guarantee both goals are met. 

The path to Westerners' hearts -- and votes -- runs through public lands

Wed, 10/28/2015

Former Interior Secretary and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar urged presidential candidates to debate issues Westerners care about. Image: Judith Kohler

There’s a “Royal-Gorge-sized chasm between Coloradans” and some presidential candidates’ views on public lands, wildlife and conservation, says Ken Salazar.

The former Interior Secretary and U.S. senator was among the speakers at a news conference Tuesday who detailed what that they want to hear the candidates discuss. People in Colorado and the West care about public lands, water and wildlife, he said. And they don’t want public lands transferred to the states or sold to the highest bidders.

“Colorado voters, I know, oppose this idea,” Salazar said. “These proposals make absolutely no sense. These ideas deserve to be rejected.”

NWF: Feds’ decision on sage grouse charts course to save species & landscape

Sun, 10/18/2015


Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was joined by other federal officials and four Western governors to announce the greater sage-grouse will not be listed. Image: NWF

“What’s good for the bird is good for the herd." ~ National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O'Mara

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to give state and federal conservation efforts an opportunity to save the greater sage grouse and its habitat is the right decision for the grouse, the hundreds of other species of the sagebrush steppe and the sportsmen, wildlife enthusiasts, ranchers and local economies that depend on this Western landscape.