This is accompanied by a 30-day public comment period, open until June 13, in which the BLM and USFS are soliciting comments from the public about issues to be addressed in the Browns Canyon National Monument planning process, such as wild and scenic river values as well as wildlife and wilderness values.
Or via U.S. mail to: BCNM RMP/EIS, 5575 Cleora Road, Salida, CO 81201.
Note, they are not accepting email comments.
The BLM and USFS have more info, including how to comment, at their e-planning website: here.
Wild Connections is advocating strongly for a conservation alternative and management policies that keep the proposed Browns Canyon wilderness intact, with minimal disturbances to wildlife habitat. Of note, there are several Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep lambing areas and American peregrine nesting areas in Browns Canyon National Monument.
We urge you to comment on this monument plan during this 30-day public comment period.
Arkansas River in Browns Canyon National Monument. Photo Bob Wick.
Rep. DeGette Introduces the 2019 Colorado Wilderness Act!
On May 6, 2019, Congresswoman Diana DeGette reintroduced the Colorado Wilderness Act!
This would permanently protect over 740,000 acres of Colorado BLM and USFS managed public lands, with many areas in our region, including Badger Creek, Beaver Creek, Grape Creek, McIntyre Hills, Table Mountain, and the Browns Canyon National Monument!
Congresswoman DeGette's press release can be found here, and a copy of the bill here.
Colorado Wilderness Act Benefits, courtesy of Rep. DeGette and staff.
Support the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act!
Click the photo for more info on The CORE Act
Colorado US Senator Michael Bennet and Congressman Joe Neguse recently introduced the Colorado Recreation & Economy (CORE) Act!
The CORE Act unites 4 previously introduce bill and will protect nearly 400,000 acres of Colorado public lands, including establishing 73,000 acres of new wilderness areas!
This Act unites and improves 4 previously introduced bills: The Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and Camp Hale Legacy Act, the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act, the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act, and the Curecanti National Recreation Area Boundary Establishment Act.
Click to download a link to the hour-long interiew with Karl and Alison and Roger Wendell of KGNU - about 1 minute into the clip
Help protect wildlands and wildlife
It's baby critter time
Photo Monique Haen
Wild Connections has gotten phone calls recently about abandoned or injured birds and animals. Unfortunately we can’t help. Here’s what to do:
Walk away from babies. It’s hard to do, but most baby animals and birds are still under their parent’s care, even if you don’t see an adult. She may be very close and ready to defend her young one. Give them space and they likely will be reunited.
Injured animals, if they’re not totally mashed by that car, maybe can be rescued. Contact a rehabilitation center: