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  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | Our Public Lands
    Western species and the habitat that supports more than 350 species Federal lawmakers rejection of amendments to the proposed omnibus spending bill that could have blocked implementation of federal sage grouse conservation plans is a boost to saving some of our country s irreplaceable landscapes said Aaron Kindle the National Wildlife Federation s Western sportsmen s campaign manager He noted that a 2014 NWF poll found nine out of 10 Western sportsmen support conserving sage grouse whose numbers have been declining for decades It s time to carry on the hard work of bringing the bird back from the brink of no return and ensuring public lands that sustain hunting angling recreation and local economies remain healthy Kindle added Tags greater sage grouse Gunnison sage grouse National Wildlife Federation sportsmen U S Fish and Wildlife Service Read more about Greater sage grouse escapes congressional funding assaults NWF Feds decision on sage grouse charts course to save species landscape Date Sun 10 18 2015 Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was joined by other federal officials and four Western governors to announce the greater sage grouse will not be listed Image NWF What s good for the bird is good for the herd National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O Mara The U S Fish and Wildlife Service s decision to give state and federal conservation efforts an opportunity to save the greater sage grouse and its habitat is the right decision for the grouse the hundreds of other species of the sagebrush steppe and the sportsmen wildlife enthusiasts ranchers and local economies that depend on this Western landscape Tags greater sage grouse Interior Department National Wildlife Federation U S Fish and Wildlife Service Read more about NWF Feds decision on sage grouse charts course to save species landscape Sportsmen rally for

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  • Sportsmen welcome Roan Plateau progress | Our Public Lands
    were reviewing the draft EIS but they welcomed the BLM s designation of last year s settlement as its preferred option in efforts to balance energy development with conservation This keeps us moving toward a balanced fair solution to protecting the Roan Plateau said David Nickum executive director of Colorado Trout Unlimited We re hopeful that the final management plan will preserve last year s settlement which protects the Roan s best hunting and fishing habitat while allowing careful responsible development of its energy reserves Done right we can meet both goals In 2012 a federal court set aside the BLM s prior management plan for energy leasing and remanded that plan for the agency to consider more protective development options Last fall a settlement was reached between BLM and Trout Unlimited the National Wildlife Federation and other groups represented by Earthjustice Under the settlement BLM cancelled the majority of oil and gas leases on top of the Roan Plateau including all of those in the Trapper and Northwater Creek watersheds areas that encompass the best cutthroat trout habitat on the Roan The BLM committed to considering a new management plan alternative that would allow for some limited development on remaining leases preclude new leasing on top of the plateau for the life of the plan and conserve important big game habitat at the base of the Roan The base of the Roan includes important winter range for the region s mule deer herd we remain concerned about the impact of oil and gas development on these areas said Kate Zimmerman public lands policy director for the National Wildlife Federation NWF welcomes the release of the new DEIS and hopes the final outcome is better conservation of these vital big game habitats and the migration corridors connecting these habitats with

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  • Roan Plateau | Our Public Lands
    off public land grabs but more work remains 04 12 2016 Chadwick It s Time for Everyone to Pay for Wildlife Management 03 20 2016 NWF s O Mara lauds Wyoming Wildlife Federation defense of public lands 03 17 2016 BLM cancels disputed oil gas lease in Montana s Badger Two Medicine From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Roan Plateau Sportsmen welcome Roan Plateau progress Date Mon 11 23 2015 Mule deer are among the wildlife found on western Colorado s Roan Plateau Image John Gale SILT Colo The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Roan Plateau a backcountry area prized by hunters and anglers for its fish and wildlife and a cornerstone of the area s recreation economy Sportsmen s groups were reviewing the draft EIS but they welcomed the BLM s designation of last year s settlement as its preferred option in efforts to balance energy development with conservation This keeps us moving toward a balanced fair solution to protecting the Roan Plateau said David Nickum executive director of Colorado Trout Unlimited Tags Roan Plateau Trout Unlimited National Wildlife Federation Colorado Wildlife Federation Bureau of Land Management sportsmen wildlife Read more about Sportsmen welcome Roan Plateau progress Sportsmen Groups Praise Roan Plateau Settlement Date Fri 11 21 2014 Image John Gale Sportsmen s groups today praised an announced settlement with the Bureau of Land Management and energy lease holders that includes several measures to help protect the Roan Plateau a backcountry area prized as a fish and wildlife oasis and a cornerstone of

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  • Trout Unlimited | Our Public Lands
    Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Trout Unlimited Sportsmen welcome Roan Plateau progress Date Mon 11 23 2015 Mule deer are among the wildlife found on western Colorado s Roan Plateau Image John Gale SILT Colo The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Roan Plateau a backcountry area prized by hunters and anglers for its fish and wildlife and a cornerstone of the area s recreation economy Sportsmen s groups were reviewing the draft EIS but they welcomed the BLM s designation of last year s settlement as its preferred option in efforts to balance energy development with conservation This keeps us moving toward a balanced fair solution to protecting the Roan Plateau said David Nickum executive director of Colorado Trout Unlimited Tags Roan Plateau Trout Unlimited National Wildlife Federation Colorado Wildlife Federation Bureau of Land Management sportsmen wildlife Read more about Sportsmen welcome Roan Plateau progress Congressional panel grills BLM on drilling public lands Date Tue 03 31 2015 The Bureau of Land Management has requested a funding increase that will in part add well inspectors Image Judith Kohler It was grill and drill time in the House Subcommittee on Energy and Natural Resources Members grilled Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze and U S Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell March 26 on the agencies proposed budgets And Chairman Doug Lamborn of Colorado and other members had an emphatic answer to managing public lands and boosting the economy Drill However as Kornze pointed out millions of acres of leased land and thousands of approved drilling permits are sitting idle Right now the industry holds leases on just over 34 million acres of public lands an

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  • Colorado Wildlife Federation | Our Public Lands
    a backcountry area prized by hunters and anglers for its fish and wildlife and a cornerstone of the area s recreation economy Sportsmen s groups were reviewing the draft EIS but they welcomed the BLM s designation of last year s settlement as its preferred option in efforts to balance energy development with conservation This keeps us moving toward a balanced fair solution to protecting the Roan Plateau said David Nickum executive director of Colorado Trout Unlimited Tags Roan Plateau Trout Unlimited National Wildlife Federation Colorado Wildlife Federation Bureau of Land Management sportsmen wildlife Read more about Sportsmen welcome Roan Plateau progress Sportsmen s wildlife groups back wildlife water protections for CO s South Park Date Sun 08 02 2015 Sportsmen s and wildlife groups want safeguards for wildlife and fish in South Park Image Suzanne O Neill CWF By Judith Kohler Sportsmen s and wildlife groups want to see important wildlife habitat in Colorado s South Park closed to oil and gas drilling safeguards in other wildlife areas during critical times of the year and buffers to protect the area s valuable trout fisheries The National Wildlife Federation and Colorado Wildlife Federation have joined other outdoor organizations in providing input to the Bureau of Land Management in the first round of public comments for a document that will chart the future of South Park a regionally renowned fishing hunting and recreation area South Park is the headwaters of the South Platte River and provides at least a third of the Denver area s drinking water The BLM will write a master leasing plan for South Park as part of an update of the resource management plan for its Royal Gorge field office There will be more opportunities for public input in coming months Tags South Park wildlife Colorado Wildlife

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  • Renewable energy bill has wide support | Our Public Lands
    By Joel Gay New Mexico Wildlife Federation Although members of Congress are often divided it was refreshing to see all five of New Mexico s congressional delegation unanimously support bipartisan legislation that would pave the way for responsible development of renewable energy on public lands in New Mexico and throughout the West Hunters and anglers have always known that healthy public lands are crucial if we want strong populations of game and fish as well as a vibrant hunting and fishing industry in New Mexico alone that sector of the outdoor recreation economy is worth 650 million a year It should be no surprise that sportsmen support responsible energy development on public lands which gives us both abundant energy but also protects critical wildlife habitat and our outdoor way of life The Public Lands and Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015 would guarantee both goals are met It would ensure that public lands in New Mexico can and will be used responsibly for renewable energy including solar wind and geothermal The companion bills in the U S House and Senate also would allocate a share of royalties from such development to wildlife conservation in the states and counties where the projects are located Both the House and Senate bills have bipartisan support The Senate legislation S 1407 is co sponsored by Democrats Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Jon Tester of Montana along with Republican Senators Dean Heller of Nevada and Jim Risch of Idaho The House bill HR 2663 was introduced by Arizona Republican Rep Paul Gosar and is co sponsored by among others Democratic Reps Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan and Republican Steve Pearce all of New Mexico Sportsmen support exactly this kind of bipartisan approach for responsible development of renewable energy on public lands said

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  • renewable energy | Our Public Lands
    affiliates Let sage grouse conservation plans work 04 27 2016 Sportsmen fend off public land grabs but more work remains 04 12 2016 Chadwick It s Time for Everyone to Pay for Wildlife Management 03 20 2016 NWF s O Mara lauds Wyoming Wildlife Federation defense of public lands 03 17 2016 BLM cancels disputed oil gas lease in Montana s Badger Two Medicine From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More renewable energy Renewable energy bill has wide support Date Tue 11 17 2015 There is broad bipartisan support for the Public Lands and Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015 Image Matt Vincent By Joel Gay New Mexico Wildlife Federation Although members of Congress are often divided it was refreshing to see all five of New Mexico s congressional delegation unanimously support bipartisan legislation that would pave the way for responsible development of renewable energy on public lands in New Mexico and throughout the West Hunters and anglers have always known that healthy public lands are crucial if we want strong populations of game and fish as well as a vibrant hunting and fishing industry in New Mexico alone that sector of the outdoor recreation economy is worth 650 million a year It should be no surprise that sportsmen support responsible energy development on public lands which gives us both abundant energy but also protects critical wildlife habitat and our outdoor way of life The Public Lands and Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015 would guarantee both goals are met Tags New Mexico Wildlife Federation public lands renewable energy sportsmen wildlife Read more

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  • The path to Westerners' hearts -- and votes -- runs through public lands | Our Public Lands
    conservation says Ken Salazar The former Interior Secretary and U S senator was among the speakers at a news conference Tuesday who detailed what that they want to hear the candidates discuss It was the day before the Republican presidential debate in Boulder Colo Using the Royal Gorge as a metaphor was certainly apt The gorge is a narrow steep canyon about 10 miles long that s carved out of granite by the Arkansas River one of the country s premier whitewater rafting and fishing destinations The Arkansas including the stretch that runs through the new Browns Canyon National Monument are drivers in Colorado s outdoor recreation economy which the Outdoor Industry Association says generates an estimated 13 2 billion in spending annually In eight other interior West states outdoor recreation including hunting and angling produces a total of nearly 60 billion in spending hundreds of thousands jobs and billions in tax revenue Valuing public lands Reports by Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development and Montana based Headwaters Economics demonstrate that the quality of life and economic opportunities associated with public lands have helped spur the West s economy As Salazar noted Westerners understand the value and appeal of the region s public lands with their stunning scenery rivers backcountry to escape to and space for herds of elk deer pronghorns and other wildlife Would be political leaders should care he added because support for public lands can make a difference in the voting booth A new bipartisan poll by the Outdoor Industry Association found that 84 percent of Colorado voters and 77 percent of Nevada voters say public lands water and wildlife issues can sway their choices of candidates The poll also found that a majority of voters in both states oppose attempts in Western legislatures to take over the

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