The Wild Connections Conservation Plan (WCCP) was created by the efforts of people who share a deep concern for the well-being of public lands spread across the Arkansas and South Platte headwaters. From hunters and hikers to biologists and volunteer mappers, they worked together to map the boundaries of 100 roadless areas, explore some of central Colorado’s wildest lands, and apply the science of conservation biology. Over a decade, they developed and refined a vision of a network of protected core areas and wildlife linkages. The Wild Connections Conservation Plan describes how this vision can be a reality where it counts – in the everyday policies and management of the Pike-San Isabel National Forests.
The WCCP was published in 2006, and will be reviewed prior to the next revsion of the PSI Forest Plan which is unlikely to occur until 2022 or later. While the original data is accurate to the best of our knowledge, conditions on the ground have changed. Please contact us if you find discrepancies.
From 2013-2015 Wild Connections expanded mapping and evaluation on BLM roadless areas within the two watersheds. Approximately 250,000 acres of BLM land was identified as having Wilderness characteristics. These have been incorporated in recommendations for the BLM Royal Gorge Resource Management Planning. Current information is found here.
WCCP general outline
Introduction and description of the Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Comanche National Grasslands and general threats to public lands.
Wild Connections methodology includes the components of the core reserve system and the three-track approach to network design.
Forest-wide management recommendations for broad categories such as grazing, fire management, invasive species, etc.
Thematic planning framework for management emphases on specific parcels of land across the forest, for example, Wilderness, quiet use areas, motorized recreation, etc.
Geographic complexes, such at Mt. Evans High Peaks, the Arkansas Canyons or the Wet Mountains, with ecology, natural values and a summary of management.
The WCCP can be downloaded as a complete document and accompanying maps. Or you can download the description and map for any of the complexes.
Wild Connections' mission is to identify, protect, and restore wildlands, native species, and biological diversity in the Arkansas and South Platte watersheds. They are the ancestral lands of the Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho and other indigenous peoples.