Welcome to Wild Connections For twenty years we've involved people in identifying and protecting the wildlands network in our region.
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Browns Canyon National Monument Saturday April 18
Explore the controversial and scenic Turret Trail. See Events for details.
Inventory of BLM Areas Found 250,000 Acres With Wilderness Chacteristics
Volunteers spent the last two summers mapping rugged roadless areas managed by BLM. They found rare plants, cultural sites, animals ranging from rattlesnakes to bighorn sheep, and at least 250,000 acres that meets the BLM critera for "Lands With Wilderness Chcateristics." Click the map to enlarge. Go to the Inventory page for more information and to see a sample report. 24 similar reports are going to the BLM with a request to revise their agency inventory. Great work volunteers and interns!
Browns Canyon National Monument Designated by President Obama
Join Wild Connections for a hike on the historic Turret Trail on Saturday April 18th and other BLM wildlands in May and June. Go to Events for details.
Hikers on the historic Turret Trail. Photo John Stansfield
Wild Connections celebrates Browns Canyon National Monument.
In his dedication speedh, President Obama noted that from now on Browns Canyon will be protected so that future generations will get to experience for themselves some of America’s greatest assets. Colorado's newest National Monument includes approximately 21,000 acres along the Arkansas River between Salida and Buena Vista. It is known for wildlife habitat, wilderness quality landscapes, back country recreation and unparalleled scenic vistas.
For more than two decades conservation groups, business interests, local government and several Colorado Representatives and Senators have proposed preserving the Monument's outstanding natural features. Now it is a reality that we all celebrate!
The Proclamtion signed by the President is a marvelous description of the natural and cultural values that will be protected in the Monument. It's animal and plant diversity is impressive, and humans have frequented the area for thousands of years. You can read the whole proclamation and there are more photos on the Browns Canyon page.
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