Public Lands Management
Across the Region's landscape
The BLM is moving forward with their analysis and coordination with cooperators for the Final ECRMP, which will not be available to the public until fall 2022. Wild Connections, in coordination with the local conservation and sporting community, worked on a Conservation Alternative for the ECRMP. We submitted this to the BLM in August 2021 as a resource as they prepare for the final stage in this plan. The provisions of the conservation alternative would provide protections for the most deserving BLM wild areas and wildlife. The conservation alternative did not address fluid minerals, solid minerals, and coal resources because we believe those require additional analysis and consideration. We asked BLM to remove those components and related climate analysis from the ECRMP while the Department of the Interior completes its comprehensive review of the oil and gas program and/or until BLM considers a statewide approach to greenhouse gas analysis across relevant BLM-managed lands in Colorado.
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. The Pike-San Isabel Travel Management Plan Revision will be finalized in 2022.