January 9, 2015
Colorado Wildlife Federation is pleased the State Land Board voted not to lease its oil and gas rights under the James Mark Jones State Wildlife Area. This area is important for wintering elk and pronghorn as well as for recreation. We expect the BLM soon will begin its landscape level master leasing planning process for the public lands it manages in South Park. We believe it is important that State Land Board continue to participate as a large landowner with Park County and other stakeholders in this process to craft a balanced future for South Park. A wide array of stakeholders met in October and November to begin identifying areas of common ground. At a time when public use planning is often contentious and controversial, this master leasing planning process has the potential to become a model success story.