1. Recovering America's Wildlife Act-- introduced July 12, 2019.
Background: bill introduced in Congress (December 2017) and in the Senate (July 17, 2018). It has been reintroduced on July 12, 2019. this new session of Congress. This bill (H.R. 3742) 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.
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! Now we need to gain passage of dedicated permanent funding for this Fund.
On June 25, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the new bill to fully and permanently fund the LWCF. Senator Gardner is a co-sponsor of this essential bill.
3. South Park lands managed by BLM -- BLM issued its draft plan on June 22 for the 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. The public comment period on the draft plan has opened and will close on September 20. Go to eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do
CWF is preparing our comments. Call or email us if you wish to discuss. Please comment on the BLM portal - link above before the close of the purlic comment period. CWF has worked on this important matter since 2011! The portion of the draft plan's preferred alternative for South Park largely incorporates the recommendations that resulted from a collborative effort over these several years by CWF, Park County and many other diverse stakeholders.