The following letter was recently printed in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel here.
It’s an interesting contrast that during the same week, when both of the Western Slope’s largest newspapers (in Durango and Grand Junction) editorialized against efforts by corporate front groups and others to turn public lands over to the states, that someone from the American Lands Council would come to Grand Junction to propose doing just that.
In case you’re not familiar with this anti-public lands group, just one example of its agenda speaks volumes: In Arizona they spearheaded an effort (Arizona Proposition 120) that purported to seize Grand Canyon National Park and all other national park lands and wilderness areas in Arizona. It was rejected by a wide margin.
Some of the same corporate special interests vigorously protested Theodore Roosevelt when he established the public estate a century ago. Thanks to Roosevelt, and those like him, today we can (as explained by Todd Tanner in Sporting Classics Daily) “fish waters worthy of kings and princes; we can walk forests that, were they to exist on any other continent, would be the sole domain of monarchs or despots or captains of industry.”
The Interior Department and Department of Agriculture recently announced that they will be hosting a public open house meeting on December 6th at 12:00 PM at the SteamPlant Event Center in Salida (220 W Sackett Ave, Salida, CO 81201). The focus of the meeting is for administrative staff to gauge public support for the designation of Brown’s Canyon as a National Monument.
Since before it’s inception the members that now make-up Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers have actively advocated for protection of this important landscape. After more than 20 years of ongoing work, the fate of protecting Browns’ gold medal fishing waters and rugged backcountry habitat could all boil down to the support we’re able to demonstrate at this one meeting.
It is crucial that we show-up and portray an accurate representation of the widespread support that the Brown’s Canyon National Monument has had for years now. Please consider joining us and speaking-up in support of protecting Brown's Canyon.
Call Tim Brass for Front Range transportation options at 651-206-4669.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.