1 Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) rulemaking: Wildlife Series (1200)

Comments on the draft wildlife rules may be made through September 18 on the COGCC website portal.

We are urging:

–better setbacks from gold medal waters, cutthroat trout streams and other streams:

–more restrictive cap on disturbance to mule deer, elk and pronghorn migration corridors, production areas and severe winter range, which would trigger the requirement for a Colorado Parks and Wildlife plan.

2. US Forest Service Plan for Rio Grande National Forest– The final plan  does not designate special interest areas of Spruce Hole and Chalma Basin that CWF, NWF and many of you have urged during this planning process.

Spruce Hole is relied upon by  mule deer and elk to travel between Colorado and New Mexico for seasonal migration. The Chalma Basin provides summer range for mule deer. As the forest plan will remain in effect for 20 years, it is very important that we all remain vigilant to identify any projects that likely would harm these important wildlife areas.  We must ensure they do not become fragmented by roads and various future projects.  For updates go to the connectedcorridors.com website which CWF helped NWF to establish. We will need to monitor these important areas to comment on any proposed projects.

3. Recovering America’s Wildlife Act has 182 co-sponsors in the House.  Please urge your representative to sign onto this important bill (H.R. 3742).

It is a bold effort to reverse America’s wildlife crisis. Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will address this with a once in a generation investment to fund wildlife recovery efforts in each state including Colorado. The Colorado Wildlife Action Plan lists 55 “tier 1” species of greatest conservation need and an overall 159 such species.  182 members of Congress already have signed onto the bill, including Colorado Representatives Ed Perlmutter and Joe Neguse and Diana DeGette. We had been working to gain support among each of Colorado’s other Representatives. The bill passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee December 5, 2019 with a strong bi-partisan 26-6 vote.

When we are able to be in a recovery mode, we hope that shovel-ready jobs such as habitat restoration, invasive species removal and other conservation and recreations efforts to help jump start the economy will be important.

 

4. South Park lands managed by BLM – expecting Final Plan any day.

We will post our comment on the final Plan for the public lands BLM manages in Eastern Colorado as soon as it is issued. We are hopeful that iconic South Park area of the plan it will reflect most of the recommendations that CWF, Park County and other stakeholders have urged since the BLM planning process began in 2015. (The draft environmental impact statement was issued in late June 2019.)

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