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Colorado Sportsmen Speak Out For Sage-Grouse Plans

Date: 
Tue, 11/07/2017

Colorado sportsmen and women want to see sage-grouse conservation plans proceed. Image: NWF

CRAIG, Colo. – Colorado sportsmen and women and wildlife advocates are urging members of the public to speak out in support of plans designed to conserve greater sage-grouse and sagebrush lands. The Bureau of Land Management scheduled an open house Nov. 8 in Craig, the only public forum planned in Colorado on proposed changes to the sage-grouse plans.

The sagebrush steppe, found in 11 Western states, supports elk, mule deer, pronghorns and many other species as well as sage-grouse, Colorado Wildlife Federation Executive Director Suzanne O’Neill notes. 

“Our public lands and wildlife are fundamental to Colorado's lifestyle. The efforts to save the greater sage-grouse will sustain not only the bird but a lot of other wildlife Coloradans care about,” O’Neill says

Sportsmen: BLM Right on Track with Plan for CO's South Park

Date: 
Thu, 03/09/2017

Sportsmen have joined a diverse group of stakeholders to comment on a new management plan for Colorado's South Park. Image: Bill Dvorak

By Judith Kohler

DENVER  – Colorado sportsmen say the release of preliminary management proposals for public lands in South Park and surrounding areas shows that the Bureau of Land Management intends to keep the public informed and involved in decisions affecting one of the region’s premier hunting, fishing and recreation spots.

The BLM’s Royal Gorge Field Office on Wednesday released preliminary management scenarios that include a proposed master leasing plan for oil and gas development in South Park. A master leasing plan, or MLP, is a planning tool available to BLM intended to better balance uses of public lands. Park County and local elected officials as well as landowners and sportsmen and women asked the BLM to write an MLP for South Park because of its important fish, wildlife and water resources.

"The Bureau of Land Management is on the right track in South Park. Park County, along with numerous other cooperating agencies, have worked effectively with BLM on the draft alternatives for the plan and we, too, will continue working with the county, diverse stakeholders and BLM to gain a balanced future for these public lands."  ~ Suzanne O’Neill, executive director of the Colorado Wildlife Federation

Sportsmen welcome Roan Plateau progress

Date: 
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. 

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.

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