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  • Western Voices: Barbara Vasquez focuses on keeping North Park 'marvelous place to live' | Our Public Lands
    WALDEN Colo After traveling the world during her career Barbara Vasquez was determined to escape big cities once she retired I d been required to live in cities for my career and I m not a city person I had promised myself that I d find a place that had more four footed than two footed critters Vasquez said With the help of a friend she found a place that fit the bill and then some A friend who had hunted and fished in North Park introduced her to the area a north Central Colorado valley ringed by mountains The area more than 8 000 feet in elevation is home to moose elk deer pronghorns and sage grouse It is the headwaters of the North Platte River and several tributaries and is the site of the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge a major nesting spot for waterfowl It s such a beautiful well watered lightly populated place full of wildlife I just really fell in love with it Vasquez recalled The energy and drive that propelled her through a career as a biomedical researcher and an engineer in the semiconductor industry have kept Vasquez busy serving on natural resource councils and roundtables as a way to give back to the community She was appointed to resource advisory councils for the Medicine Bow Routt National Forest and northwest Colorado office of the Bureau Land Management Vasquez is also vice chairwoman of the North Platte Basin Roundtable one of nine such groups statewide working on water issues and heads a North Park committee working with the Colorado Division of Wildlife on wetlands Running through all her work is the desire to keep the area a marvelous place to live Vasquez recognizes that energy development has long been a part of the economy in addition to hunting fishing wildlife and bird watching and agriculture Oil has been produced in the area since the 1930s but it s been pretty much out of sight out of mind she said That will no longer be the case if development revs up as expected as a result of companies tapping the Niobrara oil formation which stretches into Wyoming and Nebraska About 50 wells in various stages of production have cropped up since 2007 and six more are in the works Vasquez said My expectation given the success they ve been having is we ll see three to four times that many in the next few years she added The BLM withdrew some oil and gas leases proposed for North Park last year when state wildlife officials questioned the impacts on sage grouse The National Wildlife Federation and other conservation groups protested the leases Vasquez and representatives of NWF the Colorado Wildlife Federation and Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development toured Jackson County in late September to get a look at some of the current development The groups have identified North Park as a prime candidate for a master leasing plan one of BLM s recent reforms intended to

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/BarbaraVasquez (2016-05-01)
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  • Western Voices: John Ellenberger | Our Public Lands
    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 Western Voices John Ellenberger 08 19 2011 As a young child John Ellenberger was mesmerized by the all the lights during a visit to Denver from his hometown of Trinidad in southern Colorado He marveled at hearing the area was home to about 400 000 people Decades later the retired big game manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife marvels at predictions that the state s population could double to roughly 9 million in 15 to 30 years It s going to be really difficult to have the same kind of experience and the same quality of experience outdoors as I did Ellenberger said The issue will be trying to maintain wildlife and wildlife habitat in the face of tremendous amounts of people The Colorado native started as a game warden with the Colorado Division of Wildlife in 1970 earned a degree in wildlife biology and retired as the state s big game program manager in 2004 He shared his father s passion for hunting and fishing and a teacher spurred his interest in studying biology Reading works by Aldo Leopold and other scientists and conservationists helped hone his environmental ethic Ellenberger said And a lifetime of working in and enjoying the outdoors has left him concerned about the future of Colorado s public lands and wildlife He and fellow retired Division of Wildlife biologist Gene Byrne recently completed a

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/JohnEllenberger (2016-05-01)
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  • Maps and Website Links
    State Agencies Colorado Division of Wildlife 21 Colorado Bureau of Land Management 22 Conservation and Sportsmen Groups Colorado Trout Unlimited 23 Save Roan Plateau 24 The Wilderness Society Colorado Page 25 Colorado Conservation Voters Education Fund 26 Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers 27 Wyoming State Page Links 26 State Agencies 26 Wyoming Game and Fish Department 28 Federal Agencies state office Wyoming Bureau of Land Management 29 US Forest Service 4 Conservation and Sportsmen Groups Upper Green River Valley Coalition 30 Sportsmen for the Wyoming Range 31 Citizens Protecting the Wyoming Range 32 Powder River Basin Resource Council 33 New Mexico State Page Links State Agencies New Mexico Game and Fish 34 New Mexico Bureau of Land Management 35 Conservation and Sportsmen Groups The Wilderness Society New Mexico Page 36 Coalition for the Valle Vidal 37 Montana State Page Links State Agencies Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks 38 Montana Bureau of Land Management 39 Conservation and Sportsmen Groups Montana Trout Unlimited 40 The Wilderness Society Montana Page 41 Other Links Recreation gov 42 Public Lands Information Center 43 Source URL http www ourpubliclands org maps links Links 1 http www ourpubliclands org sites default files files Executive Summary pdf 2 http www ourpubliclands org sites default files images MuleDeerPopTrends jpg 3 http www ourpubliclands org sites default files images PronghornPopTrends jpg 4 http www fs fed us 5 http www blm gov wo st en html 6 http www fws gov index html 7 http www fws gov refuges 8 http www nps gov 9 http www tu org 10 http www trcp org 11 http www rmef org 12 http www muledeer org 13 http www nwtf org 14 http www fedflyfishers org 15 http www backcountryhunters org 16 http www iwla org 17 http www huntright org 18

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/print/maps-links (2016-05-01)
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  • NWF Affiliate Resolution on Transfer of Public Lands -- 2014 | Our Public Lands
    Forest Service National Park Service and other federal agencies represent a birthright of the American people provide invaluable habitat for fish and wildlife afford opportunities for hunting fishing and other recreation and support sustainable local economic activity and WHEREAS the first thirteen colonies created the first Public Domain when they relinquished to the federal government their several claims to what was then the West and all of the western states other than Texas which entered the union as an independent republic were created out of federal territory by formal acts of Congress and WHEREAS the western states were created from public domain lands by acts of Congress and relinquished any and all claims to ownership of federal lands existing within their boundaries pursuant to the language within their respective Enabling Acts and WHEREAS State legislators in Western and other states with large amounts of federal public land have passed or are attempting to pass ideologically inspired proposals directing the federal government to extinguish its title to millions of acres of these lands and transfer title to the states in which these lands are located for various purposes including ultimately selling the land to private interests and WHEREAS some members of the United States Congress are proposing selling substantial amounts of federal public lands to private interests or transferring lands to states in order to generate short term revenue and advance an anti government political agenda and WHEREAS the National Wildlife Federation supports a policy of retention of public lands and strict compliance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act which authorizes only limited disposal or exchange of federal public lands and only after careful public review of the values of those lands and WHEREAS wholesale exchange sale or giveaway of millions of acres of federal public lands whether to

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/galleries/nwf-affiliate-resolution-transfer-public-lands-2014 (2016-05-01)
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  • Public Lands Wildlife | Our Public Lands
    Nearly 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

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/galleries/public-lands-wildlife (2016-05-01)
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  • Arizona | Our Public Lands
    OurPublicLands Saving the Sagebrush Sea An Imperiled Western Legacy Nearly 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

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/galleries/arizona (2016-05-01)
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  • Wyoming | Our Public Lands
    Saving the Sagebrush Sea An Imperiled Western Legacy Nearly 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

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/galleries/wyoming (2016-05-01)
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  • Photo Gallery | Our Public Lands
    OurPublicLands Saving the Sagebrush Sea An Imperiled Western Legacy Nearly 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

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/gallery-collections/photo-gallery?page=1 (2016-05-01)
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