BLM Releases Draft for Parkdale Quarry Proposed Expansion
onto 700 acres of Echo Canyon Lands with Wilderness Characteristics
Public Comment Period Ends March 23!
BLM Public Open House Meeting
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Abbey Event Center, Cañon City
The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office is considering and evaluating the proposed expansion of the Parkdale Quarry, located west of Cañon City, onto about 700 aces of BLM public lands, which the BLM has found to have Lands with Wilderness Characteristics (LWC).
The BLM has released a draft environmental impact statement and analysis with three alternatives, available at go.usa.gov/xy6tnunder the Documents tab. This is accompanied by a 45-day public comment period, which ends March 23.
The BLM will be hosting an open house public meeting on Feb 26 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the Abbey Event Center (2951 US 50) in Cañon City.
Comments must be submitted through BLM's ePlanning site at: go.usa.gov/xy6tn or mailed to Parkdale Quarry Expansion Comments, 3028 E. Main St., Cañon City, CO 81212.
Wild Connections opposes this proposal because the entirety of the expansion area is within BLM's greater 31,918 acre Echo Canyon Lands with Wilderness Characteristics (LWC). As a testament to its wilderness character, this area has been proposed for Wilderness numerous times as part of the Table Mountain proposed Wilderness, identified for its unique and extraordinary biological values. The proposed minerals lease and quarry would permanently impair, and indeed destroy, the wilderness values of these lands. Furthermore, BLM should consider deferring the project proposal until completion on the ongoing Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan.
Parkdale Quarry in Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Photo BLM.
Wild Connections will have a table at
NOLS "Action for Adventure"
Thursday, March 5, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Patagonia Denver (2600 Walnut St)
Join us on March 5th from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Patagonia Denver store for NOLS Action for Adventure event.
This event will include 30-45 minutes of NOLS Exploration Films, 20-30 minute "Passion into Purpose" presentation with P.O.W. ambassador, and an hour of nonprofit open house time for you to meet and greet Wild Connections and all your other favorite local nonprofits.
Beer and snacks will be provided!
Wild Connections Jim and Claude tabling at 2019 Indy Give Event. Photo Misi Ballard.
Wild Connections: Celebrate 25!Thank You Event
celebrating the Spring Equinox
Saturday March 21, 2020 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Cheyenne Mountain State Park Visitor's Center
Join us to celebrate our members and Wild Connections 25th anniversary as an organization on the Spring Equinox.
Learn more about Wild Connections history and future plans, and join us for a post-event hike.
Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Wild Connections' mission is to identify, protect, and restore wildlands, native species,
and biological diversity in the Arkansas and South Platte watersheds.