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

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

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. 

Congressional panel grills BLM on drilling public lands

Tue, 03/31/2015


The Bureau of Land Management has requested a funding increase that will in part add well inspectors. Image: Judith Kohler

It was grill and drill time in the House Subcommittee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Members grilled Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell March 26 on the agencies’ proposed budgets. And Chairman Doug Lamborn of Colorado and other members had an emphatic answer to managing public lands and boosting the economy – “Drill!”

However, as Kornze pointed out, millions of acres of leased land and thousands of approved drilling permits are sitting idle. 

“Right now the industry holds leases on just over 34 million acres of public lands, an area roughly the size of Florida, though it is only producing from about one of three of those acres,” Kornze said.


Sportsmen support call for Browns Canyon monument

Tue, 11/25/2014

Sportsmen are joining Colorado's senators in asking that Browns Canyon be made a national monument. Photo by Jeff Mitton

Hunters and anglers are joining Colorado Sens. Mark Udall and Mike Bennet in calling on President Barack Obama to consider using his authority to make Browns Canyon a national monument. Several different groups have worked for years to protect the popular recreation area and stunning backcountry, but congressional gridlock threatens to thwart the public's wishes.