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BLM proposed Public Lands Rule public meetings

The Bureau of Land Management announced its schedule for public meetings to discuss its proposed Public Lands rule. The purpose of the rule is to elevate conservation as a use of BLM lands on par with other uses. The agency proposes to define conservation to include protection and restoration and provides tools and processes to …

Jeff Davis Officially Voted in as Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director

The new Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director, Jeff Davis, was formally voted in by the CPW Commission on April 6 on a unanimous vote. He was selected on March 20. He had served as the State of Washington Department of Fish and Game’s Director of Conservation Policy. A nationwide search and competitive process was conducted. Mr. …

Colorado College State of the Rockies Conservation in the West 2023 Poll

The 2023 Colorado College State of the Rockies Conservation in the West Poll released February 15, 2023, is the 13th year of this important bipartisan poll. As in other years, voters in 8 western states were surveyed to ascertain their opinions on a variety of conservation issues. You can view combined results and also select …

BLM Approves Blue Valley Land Exchange

Bureau of Land Management issued a Notice of Decision to approve the Blue Valley Ranch Exchange On January 17, 2023. BLM will convey 9 parcels totaling 1,489 acres, to Blue Valley Ranch in exchange for its privately owned 1,830 acres in Grand and Summit Counties when the transaction is closed. This is a 341-acre net …

CPW designates Gunnison and Taylor Rivers as Gold Medal Waters

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced at the CPW Commission meeting on January 18 its designation of the Gunnison and Taylor Rivers as Gold Medal Waters. Of course, as this designation likely will precipitate even greater use of these waters, great attention to stewardship is needed by all to ensure long term conservation of this valuable …

CPW released draft Colorado Wolf Restoration and Management Plan

Colorado Parks and Wildlife released its draft Wolf Restoration and Management Plan on December 9. The virtual Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission met on December 9 and asked good questions (as they had received the draft plan a few days earlier). CWF will study the plan and submit its comments in early January in advance …

BLM Issues Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Policy with Instructional Memorandum

On November 15, 2022 the Bureau of Land Management issued an Instructional Memorandum that provides its national policy for wildlife corridors and habitat connectivity on the public lands it manages. The goal is “maintaining, improving, and /or conserving habitat connectivity and restoring degraded fish and wildlife habitat to provide for increased habitat connectivity.” It directs …

CDOT starting 1-70 wildlife crossing project at Genesee

Colorado Dept. of Transportation announced on November 3 that it is beginning the 1-70 Genesee wildlife crossing project. A wildlife crossing underpass will be constructed between the Lookout Mountain exit and Genesee exit. Wildlife fencing will be erected along east and westbound 1-70 between these exits. In its press released the CDOT executive director noted …