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  • Outdoor Industry Association | Our Public Lands
    on sagebrush habitat for their survival Stay up to date on public lands issues with a monthly email Sign Up News 04 27 2016 NWF 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 Outdoor Industry Association The path to Westerners hearts and votes runs through public lands Date Wed 10 28 2015 Former Interior Secretary and U S Sen Ken Salazar urged presidential candidates to debate issues Westerners care about Image Judith Kohler There s a Royal Gorge sized chasm between Coloradans and some presidential candidates views on public lands wildlife and conservation says Ken Salazar The former Interior Secretary

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  • Land and Water Conservation Fund | Our Public Lands
    350 plant and animal species depend on sagebrush habitat for their survival Stay up to date on public lands issues with a monthly email Sign Up News 04 27 2016 NWF 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 Land and Water Conservation Fund The path to Westerners hearts and votes runs through public lands Date Wed 10 28 2015 Former Interior Secretary and U S Sen Ken Salazar urged presidential candidates to debate issues Westerners care about Image Judith Kohler There s a Royal Gorge sized chasm between Coloradans and some presidential candidates views on public lands wildlife and 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 People in Colorado and the West care about public lands water and wildlife he said And they don t want public lands transferred to the states or sold to the highest bidders Colorado voters I know oppose this idea Salazar said These proposals make absolutely no sense These ideas deserve to be rejected Tags public lands Outdoor Industry Association Land and Water Conservation Fund wildlife hunters anglers Read

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  • News | Our Public Lands
    Idaho Wildlife Federation executive director Gibson added that there s still work to be done to protect the East Fork of the Salmon watershed the highest spawning habitat for salmon and steelhead found anywhere in the world Collin O Mara the National Wildlife Federation president and CEO called passage of the wilderness bill a huge victory for wildlife He noted the new wilderness area is the first such stand alone designation by Congress since 2009 This is such an important victory for wildlife because the bill s passage demonstrates that conservation does not need to be a partisan issue but rather an American value O Mara said While signing the bill President Barack Obama said the area is remarkable used by fishermen hunters rafters people taking hikes It is not only beautiful but it s also an important economic engine for the state attracting tourism creating jobs Tags Idaho Boulder White Clouds National Wildlife Federation Idaho Wildlife Federation Sawtooh National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act External News Link Sportsmen outdoor enthusiasts celebrate newly designated wilderness in Idaho Date Sunday August 9 2015 Sportsmen s wildlife groups back wildlife water protections for CO s South Park Sportsmen say riparian setbacks would help protect South Park s Gold Medal trout waters Image South Platte Sportsmen s Alliance 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 i nput 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 Sportsmen s and wildlife groups have been working for years to support Park County s efforts to ensure that South Park remain the one of a kind natural gem that it is South Park generates more than 17 million a year in economic benefits from wildlife related recreation and is home to herds of elk mule deer and pronghorns as well as mountain plovers and world class trout streams Suzanne O Neill CWF executive director A master leasing plan or MLP is a chance for the BLM to be smart from the start when deciding how to manage public lands in South Park An MLP one of the Interior Department s oil and gas leasing reforms offers a crucial step between the overall resource management plan and assessments of individual oil and gas projects that don t necessarily consider cumulative impacts Some of the recommendations by CWF and NWF and supported by other organizations and the Park County commissioners include No leasing on nearly 4 400 acres about four miles east of Fairplay that is important elk and deer winter range and a migration corridor between big game summer and winter range The area on the west side of the James Mark Jones State Wildlife Area is a winter elk concentration area No surface disturbance on 3 806 acres on the east and west borders of the James Mark Jones State Wildlife Area and another 1 463 acres west of Colorado 9 where elk concentrate in the winter Requiring companies to avoid or minimize surface disturbances in pronghorn winter concentration areas and deer winter range 500 foot setbacks from the ordinary high water mark of water bodies perennial and intermittent streams lakes reservoirs springs wetlands and other riparian areas One half mile setbacks on either side of the ordinary high water mark from Gold Medal streams and reservoirs This buffer is needed to maintain the extraordinary recreational experience that anglers in Colorado the United States and internationally value in South Park s gold medal waters CWF and NWF wrote South Park is the perfect place for the Bureau of Land Management to turn its newest planning tools into an on the ground reality of a big picture collaborative approach to balancing responsible energy development with conservation of fish and wildlife habitat and outstanding hunting and fishing Bill Dvorak NWF public lands organizer Read the comments on South Park submitted by CWF and NWF Tags South Park wildlife Colorado Wildlife Federation National Wildlife Federation master leasing plan Bureau of Land Management Date Sunday August 2 2015 South Park can be shining example of smart from start planning Hunters and anglers have joined other outdoor enthusiasts in seeking safeguards for South Park s water fish and wildlife Image Bill Dvorak By Judith Kohler This is one of the first real opportunities the public has had to get in on the ground floor and let the BLM know what we value and to help shape the future of one of the last best places Bill Dvorak National Wildlife Federation Hunters anglers wildlife advocates and outdoor enthusiasts in Colorado are telling the Bureau of Land Management what s special about South Park one of the region s renowned fishing havens and site of several state parks and wildlife areas The high elevation grassland basin surrounded by mountains is the headwaters of the South Platte River and the source of at least a third of the Denver area s drinking water The BLM is updating the resource management plan for its Royal Gorge field office and an important part of that work will be a blueprint for possible oil and gas development in South Park Park County elected officials residents sportsmen and women and recreationists successfully campaigned for development of a master leasing plan MLP for the area While the initial public comment period closes Friday the BLM will seek more input in coming months as it considers various development scenarios and writes a draft plan South Park is one of the West s last landscapes that retains much of its native habitat and hunting and fishing traditions Park County Board of County Commissioners An MLP one of the oil and gas leasing reforms announced by the Interior Department in 2010 is a smart from the start approach that focuses on areas where minerals and other natural resources overlap The planning tool is an important step between the large scale management plan and localized leases and well sites intended to help conserve public lands and resources including wildlife habitat clean air and water as well as other uses such as outdoor recreation hunting fishing farming and ranching The fact that we re looking at the cumulative effects of development is a new way of looking at the leasing of minerals Park County Commissioner Mark Dowaliby The BLM is taking comments until Friday July 31 on the scope of what people want to see in the new plan for the region that includes South Park South Park is the site of several state parks and wildlife areas Image Bill Dvorak Tags South Park hunters anglers master leasing plan Bureau of Land Management South Platte River Date Tuesday July 28 2015 Public input sought for South Park energy development The public has an opportunity to weigh in on the future of any oil and gas drilling in Colorado s South Park Image South Platte Sportsmen s Alliance By Eric Galatas Public News Service DENVER Conservationists are praising the Bureau of Land Management s decision to create a master leasing plan for oil and gas extraction in Colorado s South Park Basin The plan will allow hunters anglers wildlife watchers and local residents all to have a say in how where and if energy development can go forward in the area in a responsible way Suzanne O Neill executive director of the Colorado Wildlife Federation said public input is a critical part of the process South Park is a jewel in Colorado that supplies wonderful recreation opportunities she said It is iconic pristine The South Park Basin provides about half of Denver s drinking water Read the rest of the story Tags South Park master leasing plan hunters anglers Bureau of Land Management Colorado Wildlife Federation External News Link Public input sought for South Park energy development Date Thursday June 18 2015 Colorado Wildlife Federation Don t delay progress on sage grouse Sportsmen outdoor groups want to see work continue on sage grouse conservation Image NWF By Judith Kohler WASHINGTON The House Natural Resources Committee hearing Tuesday on greater sage grouse conservation underscores the need to continue collaborative efforts to save the bird and its habitat without disruption While some speakers during the hearing on Empowering State Management of Greater Sage Grouse tried to portray federal agencies as needlessly heavy handed the National Wildlife Federation and its Colorado affiliate said it was clear from the testimony that states and private landowners are working with federal land and wildlife managers to improve sage grouse habitat shore up the bird s populations and avoid the need to invoke the Endangered Species Act A lot of work has already been done toward the goal of making sure the greater sage grouse doesn t have to be placed on the Endangered Species List The sage grouse is one of the West s signature species and its habitat is also home to elk mule deer pronghorns and hundreds of other species said Suzanne O Neill executive director of the Colorado Wildlife Federation Everyone with a stake in what happens to the sage grouse and sage brush country needs to work together rather than dig in their heels and wait until it s too late to avoid drastic measures O Neill noted that a survey last year by the National Wildlife Federation showed a majority of sportsmen and women in 11 Western states support conservation in important greater sage grouse territory now to prevent federal protections later She said land use restrictions that would come with a listing could threaten Colorado s outdoor recreation economy estimated at 34 5 billion in a 2014 report by Colorado Parks and Wildlife Read NWF s poll on sportsmen s attitudes toward greater sage grouse conservation Tags greater sage grouse sportsmen wildlife endangered species Colorado Wildlife Federation External News Link Colorado Wildlife Federation Don t delay progress on sage grouse Date Tuesday May 19 2015 Sportsmen urge CO governor senator to back sage grouse conservation Sportsmen s groups are urging Colorado elected officials to support strong greater sage grouse conservation efforts Image USFWS By Judith Kohler DENVER Several sportsmen s organizations are urging Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper and Sen Cory Gardner to support ongoing efforts to conserve the greater sage grouse and ensure that strong safeguards are in place in Colorado for the bird and its habitat In separate letters sent this week to the governor and Colorado senator groups representing thousands of hunters anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts in the state expressed support for strong conservation plans to protect not only the sage grouse but our Western values economy and irreplaceable wildlife habitat A 2013 Colorado Parks and Wildlife report estimated that hunting fishing and other wildlife related recreation produce a total of about 5 billion in annual economic benefits Organizations signing the letters are the National Wildlife Federation Colorado Wildlife Federation Bull Moose Sportsmen s Alliance Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Colorado Pheasants Forever Colorado Trout Unlimited and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership The sportsmen s and outdoor organizations voiced concerns about Gardner s bill which would delay for six years a decision on whether the greater sage grouse needs protection under the Endangered Species Act Under a court settlement the U S Fish and Wildlife Service has until Sept 30 to render a listing decision Any measures that delay a September 2015 deadline will effectively take the wind out of the sails of the efforts currently underway to protect the bird and the sagebrush ecosystem the benefits of which will extend to other iconic wildlife the groups wrote in the letter Further delay sends the wrong message to Colorado and other states working on sage grouse conservation plans they added For years a large and varied group of stakeholders including the federal government Western states landowners ranchers and sportsmen has worked together to sustain populations of the grouse and sagebrush ecosystems across the West said Dan Parkinson board member of the Colorado chapter of Backcountry Hunters Anglers We strongly urge Colorado s elected officials to act in the best interests of our state s wildlife by undertaking proactive actions in support of sage grouse and the habitat on which it relies In the letter to Hickenlooper the groups urged the governor to issue an executive order promoting greater sage grouse conservation because a strong executive order and subsequent management plan will allow Colorado to continue its role as an energy leader while ensuring our state s abundant wildlife outdoor economy and way of life are protected Greater sage grouse numbers have been declining across the West for years and the bird s habitat which is home to many other critters we all care about is at risk Now is not the time to back off the work that state and federal agencies private landowners and others have been doing to avoid the need to apply federal protections said Kate Zimmerman the National Wildlife Federation s public lands policy director If the Endangered Species List is eventually invoked because we lose our focus we will have failed the sage grouse and the more than 350 species that depend on the sagebrush steppe Zimmerman noted another threat to sage grouse conservation is a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from making a decision of the sage grouse s status for 10 years and impose unprecedented limits on federal agencies ability to manage the bird and its habitat The House Armed Services Committee approved the bill which is expected to advance to the full House Read the full letter to Governor Hickenlooper here Read the full letter to Senator Gardner here Tags greater sage grouse sportsmen Gov John Hickenlooper Sen Cory Gardner National Defense Authorization Act External News Link Sportsmen urge CO governor senator to back sage grouse conservation Date Wednesday May 13 2015 Congressional panel grills BLM on drilling public lands The Bureau of Land Management has requested a funding increase that will in part add well inspectors Image Judith Kohler By 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 Lamborn opened the hearing with a lament on how burdensome and duplicative regulations are strangling oil and gas production on federal lands The latest insult he complained is a new fracking rule that makes modest changes to regulations that haven t been updated in 30 years for a technology that has seen dramatic changes in just the last decade What about the record oil production we ve seen Lamborn doesn t give the BLM the credit He and other subcommittee members say that s mostly thanks to the blizzard of leases and drilling permits approved by the previous administration and to private landowners who don t impose burdensome and duplicative regulations WHAT S THE RUSH Lamborn and Co just want the BLM to keep cranking out even more leases and drilling permits despite the fact that oil prices are plummeting companies are cutting staffs and investments because of the low oil prices and natural gas prices remain at rock bottom For politicians who believe government should run like a business this really isn t a smart allocation of resources As The Associated Press reported in early March this country has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months Members of Congress want more federal land leased although 6 000 leases are sitting idle Image Judith Kohler Add to that the fact that millions of acres of leases are sitting idle and thousands of drilling permits aren t being used What business model would dictate that you keep pushing more product at rock bottom prices Right now the industry holds leases on just over 34 million acres of public lands an area roughly the size of Florida though it is only producing from about one of three of those acres Kornze of the BLM told the House subcommittee last week Last year Kornze continued the BLM approved 4 400 drilling permits nearly a third of which have gone unused In fact there s a total of 6 000 drilling permits that are ready to go that need no further action from BLM They represent two years worth of drilling and a very significant commitment of staff time on behalf of the agency Kornze said We would like to see those approved permits put to work creating American energy and American jobs Doesn t sound like an agency bent on blocking drilling on public lands Sportsmen want to seethe BLM adequately funded to ensure energy is developed responsibly on public lands Image Lew Carpenter LOCATION MATTERS Maybe the real issue is the big shale oil plays aren t on public lands such as the Bakken in North Dakota Much of Colorado s oil drilling is on the state s eastern plains not the big tracts of public lands farther to the west

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  • Western Voices: Director of outdoor group wants to make Hispanic voices heard | Our Public Lands
    Mexico Photo Courtesy of Rod Torrez By Judith Kohler 4 14 14 LOS ALAMOS N M Rod Torrez appeared headed toward a career in academia when a stint as a firefighter with the National Park Service set him on a different path but one that he knew well From working as a naturalist in the Grand Canyon s backcountry to chief of resource education at Bandelier National Monument Torrez was in his element He grew up along Colorado s Front Range and spent much of his childhood outdoors On the weekends my family drove to the mountains We rarely went downtown We went in the opposite direction Our family went fishing and hunting Every fall we d religiously go out for deer season Torrez recalls Northern Arizona and New Mexico both places where his family s roots are deep were favorite destinations for hunting and other outdoor adventures Every fall family members would collect pinyon pine nuts It was a big cultural event There s a strong connection to the seasons to the land Torrez says Just as wildlife hunting and angling are important to Torrez s family they are important to Latinos whose history and culture have been shaped by their experiences on the land he adds As the director of HECHO Hispanics Enjoying Camping Hunting and Outdoors Torrez wants to help give voice to people who care deeply about conservation but aren t always heard We ve not really been that involved in conservation as a unified group We need a place to gather he says How do we express this long felt need to protect these lands and aspects of our culture that we don t want to lose Torrez notes that this year s Conservation in the West Poll by Colorado College a bipartisan survey of

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  • Western Voices: WWF director makes transition from wildlife science to wildlife advocacy | Our Public Lands
    ago after retiring from Game and Fish Kilpatrick decided to deal full time with creatures who can be tricky to handle but are key to successful conservation efforts people As the Wyoming Wildlife Federation celebrated its annual banquet April 27 Kilpatrick marked nearly a year as executive director of the organization I kind of jumped from the management science end of things into the advocacy I m looking at how you bridge that gap Kilpatrick said I m trying to learn the system and what I can do to make people aware of the science about the landscape and what the critters need A big thing fish and wildlife need is people s support and an understanding of their needs including functioning intact habitat across the landscape One of the best ways to achieve that is to get people outdoors Kilpatrick said particularly the kids who spend most of their time in front of TV or computer screens One of his priorities at WWF is to turn more youngsters into outdoors enthusiasts If they re not exposed to the outdoors and wildlife hunting and angling they won t develop an appreciation or care about it in the future That s very worrisome for me The WWF staff is working with Wyoming Game and Fish on a family oriented program in which children make a year commitment to learn about hunting and fishing and spend time outdoors The wildlife group is working on connecting disabled veterans with kids on hunting and fishing trips We also have a long tradition trying to maintain the integrity of habitat across the state Kilpatrick said The staff weighs in on public lands management plans to ensure they re as wildlife friendly as possible and provides input into energy projects including oil gas wind and solar

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  • Western Voices: Former rodeo cowboy, BLM retiree Elderkin rides herd on tales of oil shale’s development | Our Public Lands
    be forewarned this ain t his first rodeo Elderkin a former bull and saddle bronc rider worked in the federal oil shale office in Grand Junction in the 70s and 80s overseeing wildlife and reclamation first with the U S Geological Survey and then the Bureau of Land Management The tall lanky Elderkin was in western Colorado for the last go round of trying to get oil out of the rock beneath western Colorado He had a front row seat in 1982 when Exxon closed its oil shale project throwing more than 2 000 people out of work and sending shock waves throughout the northwest Colorado economy An exodus of workers and businesses resulted in a loss of 85 million in annual payroll in the region in just a few years according to a report by the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder Exxon really had no choice but to pull the plug Elderkin says No one had demonstrated that the technology Exxon acquired through its partnership with TOSCO was commercially viable leaving the oil giant facing the gamble of spending billions on a new plant he adds When oil prices dropped and federal subsidies dried up most of the companies halted their investments in oil shale and left Thirty years after the bust companies don t appear to be any closer to commercial scale oil shale production Industry officials typically say that commercial production is at least a decade away That doesn t surprise Elderkin who says he has watched as technical and economic challenges have foiled efforts through the years Oil shale is actually kerogen fossilized material that didn t get enough heat or pressure in nature to turn into oil It s different from shale oil which is oil trapped in rock formations Oil shale is a little bit different from anything I know of or I m familiar with Elderkin says You do a bench test literally a test in the lab on it and scale it up to see if the technology works Every time all kinds of problems jump out The lack of a commercially feasible breakthrough hasn t stopped some proponents from calling for the BLM to charge ahead with leasing public lands in Colorado Wyoming and Utah Some members of Congress and elected officials in the region oppose the BLM s proposal to hold off on commercial leasing until the research leases produce results and the potential impacts are thoroughly analyzed The BLM s draft plan would also withdraw important wildlife habitat from leasing that was open under a 2008 plan making up to 2 million acres available to oil shale and tar sands development If commercial production ever takes off Elderkin an avid hunter said he doesn t hold out much hope for the big game that earned the Piceance Basin the moniker of Colorado s mule deer factory Western Colorado is also home to some of the country s largest elk herds and the greater

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  • Western Voices: Ft. Peck’s Game & Fish Director prepares for arrival of Yellowstone bison to tribal lands | Our Public Lands
    Game Fish Director prepares for arrival of Yellowstone bison to tribal lands Photo Robbie Magnan By Judith Kohler 03 08 12 BOULDER Colo Ask Robbie Magnan about his job and he ll say it s the best one he has ever had Magnan is the director of the Fort Peck Tribes Fish Game Department in the northeastern corner of Montana on the northern side of the Missouri River and 60 miles from the Canadian border One of his major duties is tending to the 150 to 200 bison in the tribes herd What does he like about his job It s probably easier to say what I don t like Magnan answers I m excited about coming to work every day because it s never the same thing It s not an 8 to 4 job Magnan was born and raised on the 2 5 million acre reservation that is home to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes leaving only for boarding school and the military He started as a game warden with the Fish Game Department about 22 years ago and took over as director in 1999 A lot of times I ll be out late in the evening he said One of the main things I do is take care of the buffalo and make sure they re OK Soon he ll have more bison to watch However the new arrivals will be different from the other herd and will be kept separate The animals are from Yellowstone National Park home to the last genetically pure free roaming wild bison in the country Sixty five bison will be moved to Fort Peck About half the animals will then be transferred to Fort Belknap also in northeastern Montana when the tribes there complete work on fences and other facilities The return of bison to the tribal lands after more than a century s absence follows more than two decades of work by the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap tribes the National Wildlife Federation and others to re establish herds of wild bison on the Great Plains The tribes have been waiting even longer than that for the return of the animal that Native Americans relied on for physical and spiritual sustenance Ever since the beginning of man the buffalo basically took care of us Magnan said They provide everything we needed We used their meat to eat their hides for shelter and our clothing and their bones for tools and weapons In 1999 the Fort Peck tribes started acquiring bison to build a herd on their land The buffalo is so very connected to Native Americans and to our culture The elders thought that basically a lot of our children were losing their cultural identity and they wanted to reconnect them Magnan explained They thought what s better than working on bringing the buffalo back The bison have been used in religious ceremonies education programs and for their lean meat for tribal members struggling with diabetes Beef and chicken contain

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  • Western Voices: Pilot, conservationist Gordon strives to give `the land a voice’ | Our Public Lands
    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 Western Voices Pilot conservationist Gordon strives to give the land a voice By Judith Kohler kohlerj nwf org RIFLE Colo No one has to convince Bruce Gordon to look at the big picture on conservation issues The view is sweeping from the seat of his Cessna 210 Centurion as he flies politicians reporters and environmentalists over Alaska s Bristol Bay or New Mexico s Otero Mesa Gordon founded Aspen based EcoFlight in 2002 to as he says on his website provide the unique aerial perspective to conservation work On recent flights organized by the Colorado Environmental Coalition Gordon gave people a fresh look at natural gas development and sites targeted for oil shale extraction in western Colorado s Piceance Basin There s been a dramatic change on the landscape Gordon said I don t think that people really understand the breadth and scope of what s going on right next door to them The goal Gordon said is to show people what s happening across the landscape so they can form their own opinions on large scale renewable energy projects mining transmission corridors and the effects of climate change If people feel a site is a good use for oil and gas and that helps the community so be it but I want them to be educated and understand the real ramifications Photo Judith Kohler Gordon has seen many changes in his 40 years in Colorado After getting out of the service and a brief stint on Wall Street

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