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  • master leasing plan | Our Public Lands
    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 Federation National Wildlife Federation master leasing plan Bureau of Land Management Read more about Sportsmen s wildlife groups back wildlife water protections for CO s South Park South Park can be shining example of smart from start planning Date Tue 07 28 2015 South Park is the headwaters of the South Platte River and a regionally renowned fishing and hunting haven Image South Platte Sportsmen s Alliance By Judith Kohler 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 BLM has started updating the resource management plan for its Royal Gorge field office and an important part of that work will be writing a blueprint for possible oil and gas development in South Park While the initial public comment period closes Friday the BLM will seek more input in coming months as it considers various development

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  • South Park can be `shining example' of smart-from-start planning | Our Public Lands
    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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/news/south-park-can-be-shining-example-smart-start-planning (2016-05-01)
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  • South Platte River | Our Public Lands
    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 South Platte River South Park can be shining example of smart from start planning Date Tue 07 28 2015 South Park is the headwaters of the South Platte River and a regionally renowned fishing and hunting haven Image South Platte Sportsmen s Alliance By Judith Kohler Hunters anglers wildlife advocates and outdoor enthusiasts in Colorado are telling the Bureau of Land Management what s special about South Park one of

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  • Our Public Lands
    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 area roughly the size of Florida though it is only producing from about one of three of those acres Kornze said Tags sportsmen hunters anglers Bureau of Land Management National Wildlife Federation Trout Unlimited Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership drilling oil and gas Read more about Congressional panel grills BLM on drilling public lands Sportsmen outdoor enthusiasts rally across the West for public lands Date Wed 03 11 2015 About 100 hunters anglers wildlife watchers and outdoor enthusiasts rallied on the steps of the Colorado Capitol Image Judith Kohler By Judith Kohler The rumble heard in late January when hundreds of people crowded into the New Mexico statehouse to demand that public lands stay in public hands has only grown louder and deeper spreading throughout the Rocky Mountain West Sportsmen and women have joined with hikers mountain bikers horseback riders paddlers wildlife watchers and others to take their fight for American public lands to the steps or lobbies of statehouses from Santa Fe to Carson City They are meeting one on one with legislators writing letters to the editor and talking to the media As hunters and anglers fight efforts at the state level to dismantle our outdoor heritage attacks are occurring at the federal level including proposals to gut the Antiquities Act and sell public lands Idaho sportsmen and women set up camp on the grounds of the state capitol in

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/node?page=9 (2016-05-01)
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  • In Defense of Our Public Lands: Voices From the Backcountry | Our Public Lands
    of soil freshly tilled by pocket gophers The wind was light the sun warm and pleasant and the air was full of scents buoyed by rising moisture from a light shower the evening before Along the way we crossed elk trails used so recently that one could imagine that the animals laying down those tracks might be just around the next hillock Mid morning a pine marten bounded off a ways through the sun dappled understory of a small grove of trees we were just entering and disappeared into the shadows And later as we crossed around the lower flank of the mountain we caught a glimpse of a couple of mule deer bucks sky lined as they slipped away from a nearby sentinel rocky knob where they had been bedded At least I saw all of this the dog was too focused on the cacophony of scents overwhelming his poor nose at every step As we churned through the miles that day I am sure he put four or five times as many on his paws as I did on my feet He as always stayed near but had so much new ground to explore In the closing miles he stayed closer to me tired now from dashing over there to check that new thing out then in the other direction to savor yet another fresh scent As we neared the car we gained the trail and passed a couple of other people exchanging pleasantries The afternoon sun was in our eyes and baking the dusty path My mind drifted to thoughts of how fortunate I am to have this and so much more country like it near enough to trip through something new each week As we climbed into the car tired and sweaty the dog turned in the passenger seat and looked at me with those big brown eyes as if to say That was awesome Reg Rothwell Wyoming Wildlife Federation Lands Where Memories Live By Kent Ingram The year was 1971 hunting with my late parents Wendel and Inez Ingram I was a lot younger then in college at Western State This day in early November dad and mom then in their 50s were hunting public land lower elevation sage on a knob bordered by small fingers of pine Against all odds at high noon this day a major league 6 point bull elk came out running across the sage pushed out of a drainage away by other hunters I am sure Dad was always a good shot but this was about 250 yards and that bull was on a dead run Dad ended up shooting off one tip of an antler I later found it by accident then finally shot the bull in the spine Mom then walked down to the bull and finished the animal She always said it was her bull Hunting is like that and credit was due both In camp true to form dad did not know how many points the

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  • Sportsmen: State takeover of public lands could leave public behind | Our Public Lands
    if states were in charge Many state owned lands across the West including state trust lands are managed with different goals from the national public lands It s unclear whether states would manage the additional land as they do trust lands which were granted by the federal government upon statehood to maximize revenue for schools and other public institutions In contrast national public lands are managed for multiple uses including oil and gas drilling logging mining grazing hunting fishing and recreation The Federal Land Policy and Management Act directs federal and managers among other things to protect fish and wildlife habitat air and water quality as well as historic archeological and environmental qualities Those calling for states to take over national public lands on the one hand say hunting fishing and other activities won t be disrupted and on the other hand tout all the money states could raise if they controlled national public lands said Kate Zimmerman NWF s public lands policy director When you look at some states history of selling trust lands the restrictions on the land s use and the requirement that states balance their budgets each year the future of continued public access and abundant fish and wildlife is cloudy at best under state management Nevada has just 3 000 acres of state trust lands left from 2 7 million The state of Idaho permits recreation on its 2 4 million acres of trust lands only if it doesn t interfere with revenue producing activities and is leasing some tracts for residential use In Colorado only 18 percent of the 2 8 million acres of state lands are open to hunting and fishing The State Land Board would be an inappropriate body to manage Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands because its constitutional mandate to fund schools is unworkable for safeguarding our heritage of public access said Suzanne O Neill Colorado Wildlife Federation executive director Studies by the states of Utah and Nevada found they could make money managing public lands if logging drilling and other commercial activities were significantly increased A Utah report contains significant caveats oil and gas prices would have to remain high instead of following historic trends of peaking and falling and the state would have to receive 100 percent of the royalties from the minerals extracted Despite statements to the contrary states likely would sell choice parcels to recoup the costs of taking on tens of millions of more acres of land A report by the Center for Western Priorities underscores the enormity of just one aspect of a greatly expanded lands inventory the federal government spent 3 5 billion on fire suppression and protection in fiscal 2013 The 2014 evaluation of phasing in the takeover of Nevada s 53 5 million acres of national public lands acknowledges the economic challenge As soon as possible after patenting and recordation of the Phase I transferred land the sale of select parcels to generate start up capital and repay debt

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  • Our Public Lands
    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 NWF celebrates a new national monument Colorado s Browns Canyon By Judith Kohler February 18 2015 Browns Canyon is widely revered for its rafting fishing hunting hiking wildlife watching and rugged backcountry said Collin O Mara the National Wildlife Federation s CEO and president This is why folks from all walks of life lawmakers from both parties and conservation leaders across Colorado including our state affiliate the Colorado Wildlife Federation have worked for more than two decades to protect it On behalf of the entire National Wildlife Federation we are grateful to the president for supporting wildlife and amazing outdoor experiences by permanently protecting this conservation jewel Collin O Mara Read more about NWF celebrates a new national monument Colorado s Browns Canyon admin s blog Comments Winter update from Colorado Wildlife Federation By Colorado Wildlife Federation February 16 2015 The official publication of the Colorado Wildlife Federation Read more about Winter update from Colorado Wildlife Federation admin s blog Comments Sportsmen s wildlife groups say new poll confirms support for public lands By Judith Kohler February 11 2015 Medicine Bow Wyoming Image Lew Carpenter Once again a survey of public sentiment underlines just how off track state and congressional lawmakers are when they push to take public lands out of public hands Voters get it these are America s public lands They belong

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/node?page=10 (2016-05-01)
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  • Montana sportsmen praise Bullock’s veto of anti-public lands bill | Our Public Lands
    Fedeartion National Wildlife Federation NDAA Nevada Nevada Legislature Nevada Wildlife Federation New Mexico New Mexico Wildlife Federation Newsletter oil oil and gas oil and gas drilling oil and gas industry oudoor recreation our public lands outdoor recreation outdoor recreation industry Outdoors Piceance Basin President Obama public access public land public lands rafting recreation renewable energy Roan Plateau Rocky Mountain Regional Center Rocky Mountain West Sage grouse Sage grouse habitat sagebrush Sagebrush Rebellion Sen Mark Udall Sen Martin Heinrich Sen Michael Bennet SHOT Show shutdown solar energy South Carolina sportsmen Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development sportswomen state legislatures State of the Union state trust lands timber harvest U S Forest Service Utah Vanishing Paradise wilderness Wilderness Act wildfire wildlife Wyoming Wyoming Wildlife Federation 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 Archives May 2013 2 July 2013 1 September 2013 1 October 2013 2 November 2013 1 January 2014 2 February 2014 3 March 2014 4 April 2014 1 May 2014 1 Pages 1 2 3 next last Montana sportsmen praise Bullock s veto of anti public lands bill By Montana Wildlife Federation May 6 2015 Image Montana Wildlife Federation HB 496 was a bad idea for Montana every step of the way Montana sportsmen are thanking Governor Steve Bullock for vetoing controversial legislation that would have paved the way to selling off public lands Bullock rejected HB 496 sponsored by Rep Kerry White R Bozeman The bill would have created a task force to consider management of all federal lands in Montana including Indian Reservations and Department of Defense lands along with national forests and grasslands This task force would have been a first step toward selling public lands and closing off public access In its original form HB 496 was focused on the transfer of public lands to the state of Montana This anti public lands bill was a bad idea for Montana every step of the way and we re grateful to Governor Bullock for standing with Montanans against any scheme to ultimately close off our public lands said Joelle Selk president of the Montana Bowhunters Association We join tens of thousands of Montanans in calling on our elected leaders to stop pushing out of state astro turf plans to weaken our outdoor heritage The issue of transferring public lands has been contentious this legislative session drawing roughly 500 people to the capitol for a rally on President s Day to protest efforts lead by Rep White and Sen Jennifer Fielder R Thompson Falls to implement the public land takeover agenda of the Utah based American Lands Council This is not the first time Montana has defeated efforts threatening public lands Dave Chadwick executive director of Montana Wildlife Federation noted that in 1981 when the Sagebrush Rebellion first took hold Montana was

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