EcoFlight recently flew The Wilderness Society and the Friends of Browns Canyon with business owners, motorized and non-motorized recreationists, local elected officials and the press over lands included in the Arkansas River Canyon National Monument and Browns Canyon Wilderness proposals.
In March of 2012 Senator Mark Udall announced a community-driven process that could ultimately designate Arkansas River Canyon as a national monument and the adjacent Browns Canyon as a wilderness area. He has proposed a series of three map versions that include different boundaries and varying acreages, which are available online for public comment. Your perspective and your comments are an important part of the process and you can help protect some of our best-loved river rafting spots along the iconic Arkansas River between Salida and Buena Vista. The official designation would literally put the region on the map, drawing more visitors to the area's world-class outdoor recreation opportunities and supporting the local tourism economy.
From the air, passengers saw the proposal area as a whole and how it relates to the greater landscape. We hope the aerial perspective informs opinions and inspires citizens to get involved and comment on Udall’s online maps.