Reduces Protection of the Land and Opens Vast Areas for Energy Development
Table Mountain - left unprotected! Photo EcoFlight
See for yourself on the
Rocky Mountain Wild's interactive map shows the BLM Preferred Alternative from the 2017 preliminary draft plan (left of bar) to the full draft released in June 2019 (right of bar). Drag bar to compare.
Click on the image to go to the interactive map. Move the bar left and right to see what BLM is not protecting in the 2019 Alt. D
Ask BLM to bring back the protections of the 2017 Preliminary Draft and those of the 2019 Alt. B
Check these for information to help you make effective comments. They are due by September 20th.
Rafting the Arkansas Canyon is white-water excitment and awesome views of surrounding wild lands.
Wilderenss Aware Rafting, a Buena Vista business, supports protection for these lands.
With 40 years of outdoor adventures Joe and Sure Greiner know it's good for their business, it's good for their clients, it's good for the land and river. Check their video to the right for a quick trip on the river.
South Park Sheep Creek road removal project needs you
Road ripping and stagin materials is underway now. Photo Misi Ballard
Sheep Creek - Road Removal Saturday, Aug 31 - Sunday, Sept 1
Join us here for this great Labor Day weekend removing and restoring a degraded and illegal road in Sheep Creek. Details on Events page.
Many people come to Colorado to enjoy our public lands and our many outdoor recreation opportunities. They stay to enjoy the quality of life our beautiful mountains, grasslands, rivers and wildlife offer.
The Upper Arkansas Valley, where we operate our whitewater rafting business, is one of the destinations people enjoy coming to because of the mountains, trails, camping opportunities and world-class whitewater rafting. It’s the beauty of the public lands that has allowed our business to succeed for over 34 years. Our area’s economy is supported by outdoor recreation on our public lands, which must be wisely managed and protected into the future.
The Bureau of Land Management is updating the Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan. They are mandated to take input on that management plan from folks like us and to manage and protect Colorado’s public lands so that our mountains remain beautiful, our grasslands healthy, our waters clean and our wildlife thriving. This management plan will determine how nearly 700,000 acres will be managed for the next 20 years.
And yet, after hearing strong input from people supporting outdoor recreation and land protections during previous public comment periods, the BLM’s “preferred draft alternative D” for the Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan disregards conservation in favor of mineral development all over eastern Colorado. Some of the most beautiful and important lands for recreation and conservation can be found in the areas impacted by the BLM’s preferred alternative. Only 1,300 acres of Lands with Wilderness Characteristics are recommended for protection in the preferred alternative (that is less than 1 percent of those lands). Needed protection for Badger Creek and other Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) is also being ignored. Parts of Browns Canyon outside the national monument are in jeopardy from Alternative D, as well. Alternative B is the only alternative that includes resource protection goals.
The BLM needs to recognize the importance of outdoor recreation to Colorado’s economy and protect our public lands, especially those lands with wilderness characteristics. They need to support a management plan alternative that protects small businesses like ours, Colorado’s outdoor recreation economy, and the public lands we depend upon and value.
The public comment period on the Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan will be open until Sept. 20. We urge you to comment in support of Alternative B. Please submit your comments.
Joe and Sue Greiner
Wilderness Aware, Inc. Buena Vista
Wild Connections' mission is to identify, protect, and restore wildlands, native species,
and biological diversity in the Arkansas and South Platte watersheds