Public lands: protecting western Colorado’s legacy
Protecting federal public lands has been a priority issue for WCC since its inception. In over 35 years of leadership and activism, our campaigns have established new wilderness areas, closed damaging off-road vehicle trails, halted unsustainable logging, and protected our forests.
Some of our recent successes include:
- Winning protection for 44,100 acres of Lands with Wilderness Characteristics in the new Resource Management Plan for the BLM’s Grand Junction Field Office.
- Securing important travel restrictions for Bangs Canyon and other areas highly valued for quiet recreation.
- Gaining a strong Resource Management Plan for the Dominguez Escalante National Conservation Area, including Wild and Scenic suitability and limitations on off-road vehicle use.
The Forest Service is expected to begin revising the GMUG Forest Plan sometime in 2017. This is a high-stakes process that offers tremendous opportunities for conservation – but also considerable risk of losing ground if we don’t intervene effectively – as the plan will guide the Forest’s decisions on recreation, oil and gas development, wildlife habitat and more over a 20-plus-year period.
WCC members have also played a leading role in brokering what is shaping up to me a reasonable compromise on a massive forest treatment project proposed by the GMUG National Forest known as “SBEADMR.”