This is YOUR chance to play a role in how our public lands are managed and ensure that sportsmen and women have a say about the places where we love to hunt and fish
Bureau of Land Management lands in the Arkansas and South Platte River drainages offer world-class trout fishing, provide crucial habitat for Colorado’s most iconic critters, and offer some of the best backcountry hunting opportunities near the Front Range.
The BLM is in the process of revising a plan that will guide management on 668,000 acres of these public lands over the next 20 years, and sportsmen and women need to speak up.
Please attend a local public meeting in the next few weeks (see schedule below) and share your perspective as a public land user.
These events will offer updates on the planning process, allow the public to share their ideas and opinions on the draft plan, and explain ways for interested citizens to stay involved.
The best way to see that our priorities are included in the plan is to have a presence and provide input at these meetings. Meeting dates, locations, and times, as well as suggested talking points are listed below.
Thank you for taking the time to support our public lands.
Where and When
|Salida||SteamPlant Event Center, 220 W. Sackett Ave, Salida, CO 81201||8-Jul||5:30-7:30 p.m.|
|Canon City||The Abbey Event Center, Benedict Room, 2951 East Hwy 50, Canon City, CO 81212||9-Jul||5:30-7:30 p.m.|
|Fairplay||Fairplay Community Center, 880 bogue Street, Fairplay, CO 80440||11-Jul||5:30-7:30 p.m.|
|Walsenberg||Washington School, Auditorium, 201 E. Fifth Street, Walsenburg, CO 81089||15-Jul||5:30-7:30 p.m.|
|Denver||Denver Marriott West, Monart Room, 1717 Denver West Blvd., Golden, CO 80401||18-Jul||5:30-7:30 p.m.|
|Colorado Springs||Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904||22-Jul||5:30-7:30 p.m.|
|Greeley||Greeley Recreation Center, Room 101 ABC, 651 10th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631||23-Jul||5:30-7:30 p.m.|
Suggested Talking Points
- Conservation of unfragmented, functional habitats: I ask that the BLM safeguard our best hunting and fishing areas by adopting the Backcountry Conservation Area management tool that would conserve important big game habitat, prioritize active habitat restoration and enhancement, and support important public access for hunting and other forms of recreation.
- Conservation of big game migration corridors and seasonal habitat: I request that the BLM take steps to ensure the conservation of identified big game migration corridors and winter range. This should include not only conserving corridors that have already been mapped and analyzed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, but also in ensuring that the RMP is able to conserve migration corridors that will be mapped in the future.
- Public access: Public access is necessary for outdoor recreation. I encourage the BLM to identify opportunities to increase access to public lands that are landlocked or difficult to access because there are few or no access points across private land that enable the public to reach BLM lands.
- Community-driven planning: I support conservation measures to maintain the scenic, wildlife, and recreational values of the South Park valley. The management direction for this iconic Colorado landscape should align closely with the community recommendations developed by local stakeholder groups and the county.
Photo: Bob Wick, BLM (via Flickr)