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NWF voices concerns about oil, gas plan for CO’s ‘mule-deer’ factory

Date: 
Sun, 08/23/2015

A new BLM oil and gas plan could add 15,000 new wells in Colorado's 'mule-deer factory.'

Western Colorado's White River deer herd has been one of the most prolific in the region, prompting people to call the area it roams the mule-deer factory. But the herd has experienced declines and state wildlife officials are studying the effects of oil and gas development on mule deer in the area. 

The National Wildlife Federation is concerned that a new oil and gas plan by the Bureau of Land Management's new oil and gas plan will further stress the herd.

Sportsmen, outdoor enthusiasts celebrate newly designated wilderness in Idaho

Date: 
Sun, 08/09/2015

 

 

Highly prized fish and wildlife habitat is part of a new wilderness area in Idaho. Image: Idaho Wildlife Federation

Some of Idaho’s best high-alpine fish and wildlife habit now has permanent protection. The Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act was signed into law Aug. 7, setting aside 275,665 acres. The wilderness bill, long championed by Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, was signed just three days after the Senate unanimously approved it. 

“On behalf of the many Idaho sportsmen and women who treasure this area, I want to thank Congressman Simpson for his tireless efforts to provide wilderness protections to the Boulder-White Clouds."~ Michael Gibson, Idaho Wildlife Federation executive director.

Sportsmen's, wildlife groups back wildlife & water protections for CO's South Park

Date: 
Sun, 08/02/2015

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.

South Park can be `shining example' of smart-from-start planning

Date: 
Tue, 07/28/2015

South Park is the headwaters of the South Platte River and a regionally renowned fishing and hunting haven. Image: South Platte Sportsmen's Alliance

By Judith Kohler

Hunters, anglers, wildlife advocates and outdoor enthusiasts in Colorado are telling the Bureau of Land Management what’s special about South Park, one of the region’s renowned fishing havens and site of several state parks and wildlife areas. The BLM has started updating the resource management plan for its Royal Gorge field office and an important part of that work will be writing a blueprint for possible oil and gas development in South Park.

While the initial public comment period closes Friday, the BLM will seek more input in coming months as it considers various development scenarios and writes a draft plan.

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