Colorado BHA Friends,
The Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers 7th annual Rendezvous (& Browns Canyon National Monument celebration) is scheduled for June 5-7, 2015. We’ll be setting up camp in the San Isabel National Forest west of Salida/Poncha Springs (see Maps 1 & 2 below for detailed directions) and have reserved a group camping area (known locally as the “goat wadi”) for the weekend.
For a PDF or print-out of this announcement, click here.
[Directions (also see more detailed MAP 2 below): From the East, drive towards Monarch Pass, past Salida. Go through Poncha Springs and head toward Maysville. You will see a yellow house on the right and River Suites cabins. Go another 1.5 to 2 miles west and watch for a dirt road on the right near a curve. That’s County Road 224. Follow CR 224 for around 1.5 miles, past the ranch on the left, and the Rendezvous site will be on the right.]
What: Rally for Public Lands
When: 12:00PM Wednesday, Feb. 25th
Where: West Steps, Colorado State Capitol, Denver
Who: Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Trout Unlimited, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and Colorado Wildlife Federation
Why: Join your fellow Colorado sportsmen and women at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver to oppose transferring millions of acres of national public lands to the state. Sportsmen know that they will lose access and opportunity if lands owned by all Americans are transferred to individual states. Sportsmen need to speak up and say NO to a public lands transfer.
Join us at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25th, on the West steps of the State Capitol.
We'll be hosting a reception at Stoney's Bar & Grill immediately following the event. Join us for beers, gear giveaways and more.
For more information on the foolish, but growing efforts to wrest public lands away from public ownership, check out this report.
Cant make it, but still interested in helping? Tell your elected officials to stop the public land sell-off by signing the Sportsman's Pledge here.
For More information call: 406-370-4325
The following Op:Ed was published by the Colorado Springs Independent on 1/7/15
Our country has an incredible and unmatched protected public lands legacy that allows hunters, anglers, hikers, backpackers, outfitters, equestrians and others the opportunity to experience parts of our country as they were in the days of Lewis and Clark and, more recently, Theodore Roosevelt. One such area is Browns Canyon, a scenic and rugged region in Chaffee County between Salida and Buena Vista on the Arkansas River.
In 2005, former Fifth Congressional District Rep. Joel Hefley, a Republican, sponsored a bill to designate Browns Canyon a national wilderness area. Unfortunately, despite continued widespread support for protecting Browns Canyon, the current partisan paralysis in Congress has prevented a wilderness bill from moving forward.
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.