This bill is essential to help address species of greatest conservation need across the country. Colorado’s species of greatest conservation need are in the Colorado State Wildlife Action Plan. There are 55 “tier 1” species in Colorado that include Greenback, Rio Grande and Colorado River cutthroat trout, Golden eagle, Greater sage grouse, Mountain plover and Burrowing owl. We will work hard to support this bill.
Our public lands are an important resource that Coloradans – and Americans – value and enjoy for abundant wildlife and outdoor recreational opportunities. Pressure on blocks of sensitive wildlife habitat, migration corridors and wildlife populations is increasing on our public lands from numerous sources. Conservationists often have resisted unsustainable resource extraction and encourage backcountry recreation for its public health benefits and economic contribution.
Draft Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan to be Issued by BLM Our Focus of the forthcoming plan is on South Park. The South Park basin, consisting of nearly 1000 square miles, is unparalleled in Colorado. It thrives through a unique combination of natural treasures:its watershed, outdoor recreation including its prized gold medal steam fisheries, viewsheds, relatively undisturbed blocks of habitat for elk, deer, pronghorn, mountain plover and other wildlife, paleontological artifacts and ranching heritage.