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We focus on public lands in the Arkansas and South Platte watersheds, including the Pike-San Isabel National Forest and the Royal Gorge Resource Area of the Bureau of Land Management
BLM Mapping Project
Rugged BLM land along the Arkansas River. Photo EcoFlight.
Wild Connections volunteers and interns are mapping wilderness areas in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in the Upper South Platte and Arkansas River basins. The goal is to identify prime BLM areas: roadless, relatively unimpacted, with significant plant and wildlife. These lands are essential to create a “wildlands” network, connecting and expanding habitat corridors for Colorado plants and animals.
Volunteer BLM Areas Mapping at No Name Gulch
Saturday, Sept. 27 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Join us to inventory a 200+ acre unitup No Name Gulch for wilderness characteristics. Our hike will lead into the surrounding 15,910 acre McIntyre Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA). No experience needed. More information and how to register.
Browns Canyon National Monument
Browns Canyon with view of Mt. Princeton
Senator Mark Udall, chair of the Senate National Parks Subcommittee, described the values of Browns Canyon in detail in a hearing on 23 public lands bills. He and Michael Bennet are cosponsors of S.1794,The Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act of 2013 that will designate 22,000 acres along the Arkansas River as a national monument, preserving the pristine wilderness area and ensuring recreational access for years to come. More...
JOHN DENVER Tribute for Wilderness Saturday, October 25 at 7 p.m. Buell Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts John Fielder and the John Adams Band will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act in music and photos. The performance will benefit Wild Connections and other groups. More...
Pawnee Montane Skipper Butterfly
Recording skipper data
Biologist John Sovell and four Wild Connections volunteers counted Pawnee montane skipper butterflies in Trout Creek at the end of August. A preliminary report indicates that Hesperia leonardus montana were found in numbers similar to the census two years ago, as well as some of the similar "comma" butterfly. More...
Badger Flats Non-system
OHV on authorized route. Photo Jean Smith
Located west of Lake George, Badger Flats lies between Lost Creek Wilderness and Farnum Roadless Area. A network of user-created routes is destroying native vegetation and fragmenting local wildlife habitat. Another volunteer work day is scheduled for October to deal with these issuess. More...