The 2.3 million-acre Pike San Isabel National Forest (PSI) forms the majestic backdrop to southwest Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, and borders many mountain communities like Salida, Buena Vista, and Fairplay and is the third most visited national forest in the country. The Pike-San Isabel is conducting a Travel Plan update and needs public input. Comment here by November 4th!
There’s wild country and then there is really wild country. Hells Canyon on the Snake River is one landscape that fits the category. In fact, Hells Canyon is North America's deepest river gorge at 7,993 feet. Years’ ago, I had to land in nearby Joseph, Oregon, due to horrendous fires, and stayed at a rancher’s home. He told me when they had frost he would literally lose a bunch of cattle when they careened down the incredibly steep daunting barren slopes that break over into the Snake River Canyon.
Removing the four dams on the lower Snake River will restore 140 miles of river and over 14,000 acres of riparian habitat and bottomlands. It will cut dam-caused salmon mortality by at least 50% and restore productive access for wild salmon and steelhead to over 5,500 miles of contiguous, pristine, protected upriver habitat in northeast Oregon, central Idaho and southeast Washington.
Life on the road as an EcoFlight pilot. Land the plane, debrief the passengers, exchange contact information, take great photos, ask for feedback from the flight, and occasionally for donations, put the covers back on the plane and head to the latest hotel. And then do it all again and...head to the latest hotel.
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO) in Cañon City is currently revising its Resource Management Plan (RMP), which began in 2015. This plan guides decisions for lands managed by the BLM's RGFO for the next 20-30 years. For example, this process will determine if an area should be open to oil and gas development, mining, managed for hiking, hunting, or fishing, or set aside for wildlife habitat.
The Greater Little Mountain region is a unique high desert habitat that is considered by biologists and resource managers to be some of the most sensitive fish and wildlife habitat in Wyoming. The area contains large intact tracts of prime fish and wildlife habitat and has served as a hunting, fishing and recreational paradise for sportsmen and sportswomen for generations. This unique landscape contributes to the local economy, supporting up to 225 jobs in Sweetwater County, and generating $19.1 million per year.
Lying between Hovenweep National Monument, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument to the east and Bears Ears National Monument to the west is a seldom-explored cultural landscape. The area is significant to many Native American Tribes throughout the region including Hopi, Zuni, Ute, Navajo, and many Pueblos of New Mexico. These lands contain thousands of cultural resources located both inside and outside of protective monument boundaries, many of which still have yet to be documented.
He was born in the Bitterroot Valley in the early morning rain
Wild geese over the water heading north and home again
Bringing a warm wind from the south
Bringing the first taste of the spring
His mother took him to her breast and softly she did sing
The Gunnison Public Lands Initiative is a citizen-led, community-based partnership working to permanently protect over 500,000 acres of public lands in Gunnison County for their wilderness, wildlife, agricultural, and recreation values. This unique and diverse coalition includes representatives from the ranching, water resources, motorized recreation, conservation, mountain biking, hunting, and angling communities.
The American Prairie Reserve is an independent non-profit organization that has privately undertaken a project in northeastern Montana to create a wildlife conservation area of over three million contiguous acres through a combination of both private and public lands. In a global 2008 assessment prepared for the Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative (TGCI), scientists identified the area as one of only four remaining areas in the world that are viable options for landscape-scale grasslands conservation
As part of a larger IMBA/Outdoor Alliance land protection and recreation campaign, our partners are collaborating to have a voice to advocate for USFS management plans for the Lionhead area to provide continued recreation opportunities for mountain bikers.
In 1994, it was discovered that acid mine drainage had been forming on the embankment at the tailings facility at the Thompson Creek Mine since 1987. Agencies and the mine finally took action in the late 1990s to remove and/or bury acid-forming sands on the site. This pollution will last in perpetuity. The mining company is currently collecting this discharge and treating it, but no money has been set aside to continue water quality treatments after the mine closes.
Geronimo. The term brings to mind many things but most of all a fearless warrior of the Apache Nation, the last to surrender to the U. S. Military. It's also a word I heard when jumping out of from airplanes in the army to show a lack of fear (or stupidity, in leaping from a perfectly reliable machine). As you are reading this Captain's blog I can only assume you share a love of the land and wild spaces, as do I.
The Borah Peak area (in the Lost River Range) and the Pioneer Mountains area have previously been recommended as wilderness in prior forest plans and have been managed for 40 years to maintain their wilderness characteristics. During the current forest plan revision process, all areas are evaluated from scratch, meaning that previously recommended areas don't automatically maintain their recommended wilderness status and associated interim protections.
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