Sportsmen and Colorado BLM Lands
Simply put, some of Colorado’s best public lands hunting and fishing is on intact and unfragmented fish and wildlife habitat. Mule deer and elk, wild trout, bighorn sheep and upland birds offer great sporting opportunities because fish and wildlife have food, water and space to roam. Many sportsmen know these best hunting and fishing areas as “backcountry.” These areas contribute greatly to Colorado’s outdoor recreation-based economy and Western way of life.
Moosehead Mountain proposed BCA
Blue Mountain proposed BCA
Grouse hunting in Moffatt County
Sportsmen in Colorado are asking the BLM to recognize these special backcountry places as “Backcountry Conservation Areas,” or BCAs. Created locally through public planning, the BCA approach would accomplish the following:
1. conserve intact fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of sportsmen
2. sustain access to high quality hunting and fishing areas
3. promote active management to restore habitat and control noxious weeds
4. maintain ranching and other traditional uses of the land
5. balance energy development with hunting and fishing conservation
Efforts are ongoing in three BLM field offices: the Royal Gorge, Grand Junction and White River.
The TRCP is working with hunters and anglers to persuade the BLM to conserve our highest-quality public lands habitat and favorite hunting and fishing areas for today’s sportsmen and our kids’ grandchildren.
For more information, contact Nick Payne, Field Rep, Colorado.