Public Lands Management
Land Management Planning
For more info, see our recent group press release.
- The proposed plan was released on July 7, and is accompanied by a 30-day public protest and 60-day governor's review period. These lands serve as wildlife habitat, places for outdoor recreation, and more!
- Plan Highlights:
- 114,700 acres as lands with wilderness characteristics (LWC);
- 101,400 acres as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs);
- 87,400 acres as Backcountry Conservation Areas (BCA);
- Five river and stream segments, totaling 60 BLM river miles, were found suitable for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System
- Strengthen recreation management using two management prescriptions: Special and Extensive Recreation Management Areas totaling 10 areas and 71,400 acres. The plan does leave a bit to be desired with regard to climate impacts and improving air quality for communities impacted by oil and gas development. Find more info in our press release, submitted to local media on July 11.
One of the last steps was taken when the USFS hosted a formal objections hearing for those that submitted objection comments, including Wild Connections. In particular we defended USFS decision to continue to keep motorized use out of Wildcat Canyon, where illegal motorized recreation has become rampant, including in and across the South Platte River. Completion of the travel management plan has opened the way for restoration projects and other USFS initiated projects.
The Outside 285 Regional Partnership (O285 Partnership) is made up of land managers, wildlife biologists, wildlife conservation organizations, and recreation user groups. Wild Connections is one of the partners. Over the next two years, the O285 Partnership will focus on implementing its 2021 Master Plan, building more partnerships throughout the region, and advancing both habitat conservation and trail-based outdoor recreation throughout the 285 corridor. If you have general questions about the O285 Partnership, please direct them to project consultant, ERO Resources: CTanner@eroresources.com Questions about Wild Connections' interests in Outside285 can be directed to our Conservation Director John Sztukowski