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Win for Wildlife: Master leasing plan proposed in southwest Colorado

Date: 
Thu, 10/06/2016

Colorado BLM has proposed a master leasing plan for parts of southwest Colorado. Image: Flickr-PDK Outdoor

DOLORES, Colo. -- After hearing from hunters, anglers, area residents and outdoor enthusiasts, the Colorado Bureau of Land Management has decided to pursue development of a master leasing plan for new oil and gas development on public lands in southwest Colorado.

The master leasing plan, or MLP, has been proposed in Montezuma and La Plata counties and includes the gateway area to Mesa Verde National Park and archeological sites.

“The Tres Rios area has valuable wildlife habitat that includes important migratory routes, winter range as well as calving and lambing areas. It deserves the additional management protections for these areas that an MLP can provide,” said Bill Dvorak, the National Wildlife Federation’s public lands organizer in Colorado.

 

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.

A win for South Park, a win for wildlife!

Date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015

Hundreds of elk on the move delay traffic in South Park. Photo by Richard Hamilton.

Wildlife scored a victory when the Colorado State Land Board voted to defer proposed oil and gas leases in the James Mark Jones State Wildlife Area in South Park. The area is important winter habitat for mule deer, elk and pronghorns. Park County, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and sportsmen's and wildlife groups asked the land board to withdraw the leases, set for auction in February, because the Bureau of Land Management is developing a master leasing plan to guide oil and gas development on public lands in South Park.

“The Colorado Wildlife Federation is pleased the State Land Board voted not to lease its oil and gas rights under the James Mark Jones State Wildlife Area. This area is important for wintering elk and pronghorn as well as for recreation,” said Colorado Wildlife Federation Executive Director Suzanne O’Neill.

 

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