1. Recovering America's Wildlife Act-- will work to pass in this session of Congress. Awaiting reintroduction in early June. Stay tuned for action requests.
Background: bill introduced in Congress (December 2017) and in the Senate (July 17, 2018). We are awating reintroduction in this new session of Congress. 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. Representative Tipton and former Representative Polis (now Governor) were co-sponsors of this bill. We thank them. There were 117 House co-sponsors. Right now some changes are beging drafted from last year's bill. Give us a call if you want information about the expected changes before the bill is reintroduced.
2. Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)-- was permanently reauthorized in the public lands package that was signed into law on March 12. 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 National 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. Our Senators and all representatives except one voted in favor of the public lands package!
3. South Park lands managed by BLM -- We are expecting the draft environmental impact statement to be issued this summer public 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.