1. Recovering America's Wildlife Act-- bill introduced in Congress (December 2017) and now in the Senate (July 17, 2018). This bill (H.R. 4647) is essential to help address Colorado's species of greatest conservation needs in the State Wildlife Action Plan. The source of revenue for this bill is royalties from offshore and onshore energy development - not taxpayer dollars. See News item on the homepage for information. On the House side, please let your Representative know you support this bill. And ask your Representative to become a co-sponsor of this bill. Representative Tipton and Representative Polis are co-sponsors of this bill. We thank them. So far, there are 105 House co-sponsors as of mid-October. Please ask Representatives Buck, Coffman, DeGette, Lamborn, and Perlmutter to become co-sponsors.
2. Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)-- expired September 30. Congress needs to pass reauthorization. after the pre-election recess. LWCF has been an important part of Colorado's conservation and outdoor recreation landscape for several decades. It has provided $268 million to help conserve some of Colorado's most special open spaces, improve access to several national parks such as Rocky Mountain Ntaional Park and national forests such as White River National Forest, and is essential to help fund non-motorized trails and state and local parks. It is funded with royalties from offshore energy development - not by taxpayer dollars. Senators Bennet and Gardner strongly support reauthorization. On the House side, co-sponsors of H.R. 502 reauthorization with permanent, dedicated funding are Representatives Coffman DeGette, Perlmutter and Polis and Rep. Tipton has added his support. Please ask Representatives Buck and Lamborn to support this very important bill. For more information about LWCF, see News item on the homepage.
3. Greater Sage Grouse - Colorado public comment period ended August 2. THANK YOU FOR SUBMITTING IN IMPRESSIVE NUMBER OF COMMENTS to BLM.
4. Rio Grande National Forest - public comment period on draft plan closed December 29
Public comments on the draft plan for the Rio Grande National Forest closed December 29. See item under News for CWF\'s comments submitted to the US Forest Service. Our comment letter focuses upon wildlife connectivity between the RIo Grande National Forest and the Carson and SantaFe National Forests in northern New Mexico, and the need to designate bighorn sheep in the Rio Grande National Forest as a "species of conservation concern."
5. Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunting, Fishing, and Parks for Future Generations bill (S.B. 18-143) - was signed by the Governor in May. It had passed the Senate and the House (April 19). It was introduced in the Colorado Senate by co-sponsors Senators Stephen Fenberg and Don Coram. The House co-sponsors are Representatives Jeni Arndt and Jim Wilson.
See information and link to the text under News on this homepage.
6. South Park lands managed by BLM
We are expecting the draft environmental impact statement to be issued late this fall (2018) for lands BLM manages in eastern Colorado and to also address the landscape level in South Park. BLM had issued preliminary alternatives in March 2017 for managing these public lands in South Park. When the draft doc is issued there will be an important public comment period . Stay tuned.