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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.

Sportsmen, outdoor enthusiasts rally across the West for public lands

Date: 
Wed, 03/11/2015

About 100 hunters, anglers, wildlife watchers and outdoor enthusiasts rallied on the steps of the Colorado Capitol. Image: Judith Kohler

By Judith Kohler

The rumble heard in late January when hundreds of people crowded into the New Mexico statehouse to demand that public lands stay in public hands has only grown louder and deeper, spreading throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

Sportsmen and women have joined with hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, paddlers, wildlife watchers and others to take their fight for American public lands to the steps or lobbies of statehouses from Santa Fe to Carson City. They are meeting one-on-one with legislators, writing letters to the editor and talking to the media. 

As hunters and anglers fight efforts at the state level to dismantle our outdoor heritage attacks are occurring at the federal level, including proposals to gut the Antiquities Act and sell public lands. 

 
Idaho sportsmen and women set up camp on the grounds of the state capitol in Boise.

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