April 30, 2013
Senator Mark Udall will host a listening session in Golden to hear community comments about his Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Area proposal and draft bill. The draft bill, based on more than one year of public input, would cover 22,000 acres between Salida and Buena Vista on the Arkansas River. The event will be held in Golden at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street.
An earlier listening session was held in Buena Vista in April. James Tyson, a member of CWF's Issues Committee, represented CWF at that meeting and will do so again at the May 18th session. We hope you will participate, too, and provide your comments at the event and on Senator Udall's website.
Browns Canyon epitomizes Colorado's unique quality of life to many Coloradoans who fish, view wildlife, raft or hunt. Senator Mark Udall introduced the draft legislation in late March. We appreciate that Senator Udall gathered extensive public input before drafting this important legislation. Browns Canyon is located between Salida and Buena Vista in Chaffee County. Of the 22,000 acres, 10,500 acres would be new wilderness, securing the highly popular rafting area of the Canyon. Protecting this extradordinary stretch of the Arkansas River and undisturbed important wildlife habitat (low elevation winter range) is intended to keep the area intact for future generations. The legislation will maintain all of the current uses. Browns Canyon contributes substantially to the local economy. See the draft bill, map and frequently asked questions on Senator Udall's website. www.markudall.senate.gov/