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Sportsmen's groups praise Colorado Public Lands Day

Date: 
Tue, 05/10/2016

The Colorado General Assembly has passed a bill creating an annual Public Lands Day. Image: Aaron Kindle

By Randy Scholfield, Trout Unlimited

DENVER – A coalition of sportsmen’s groups today praised the Colorado General Assembly’s passage Friday of a Colorado Public Lands Day bill, SB 21, which designates the third Saturday in May each year to recognize the importance of public lands in the state. The bill has been sent to Gov. Hickenlooper, who is expected to sign it into law.

“It is wonderful that Colorado is acknowledging in bipartisan fashion how valuable and important America’s public lands are to its residents by being the first state to designate a Public Lands Day,” said Tyler Baskfield, Colorado Sportsmen Coordinator for Trout Unlimited. 

 

Sportsmen’s, wildlife groups urge public support for Browns Canyon

Date: 
Tue, 12/02/2014

A public meeting is set for Saturday in Salida to show support for protecting Browns Canyon. Photo/Friends of Browns Canyon

Hunters, anglers, hikers, rafters, business owners -- everyone who wants to see Colorado's Browns Canyon declared a national monument have a chance to speak out Saturday in Salida. Colorado Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet are hosting a public forum from 1 to 3 p.m. that will be attended by U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management officials. Udall and Bennet have asked President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to create the Browns Canyon National Monument.

NWF: Utah’s public lands report confirms sportsmen’s fears of state takeover

Date: 
Mon, 12/01/2014

Outdoor recreation contributes at least $12 billion to Utah's economy. Photo by John Fielder

A new study commissioned by the state of Utah says the state could afford to take over federally managed lands, but a careful look raises questions about the fate of public lands that support fish and wildlife habitat, hunting, fishing and other recreation generating billions of dollars for the economy.

BLM launches initiative to improve public lands management

Date: 
Thu, 10/02/2014

 

More than 150 people either attended or logged on Wednesday for the first public session on the BLM's Planning 2.0 project. NWF Photo/Judith Kohler

By Judith Kohler

GOLDEN, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is moving into uncharted territory -- and inviting the public along -- as it takes steps to improve its planning process. More than 150 people participated in person or over the internet in the first public meeting on the initiative.

The crowd on hand for the Oct. 1 session on what BLM has dubbed “Planning 2.0” included members of conservation and hunting and angling groups. An Oct. 7 meeting in Sacramento is another chance for the public to give its initial input into the BLM’s effort to more effectively and efficiently plan across landscapes.

The lead partners in the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development – the National Wildlife Federation, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Trout Unlimited – have long urged the BLM to manage across landscapes. The SFRED coalition has pushed for the use of master leasing plans, which are intended to resolve conflicts where potential energy leases and waterways, fish and wildlife resources overlap.

 

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