CO Issues

Hermosa bill protects habitat for hunting

Hermosa theo stienThe following letter from CO BHA Board Member, David Lien was published by the Durango Herald, April 6, 2014.

Recently, the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers held their North American Rendezvous in Denver, where some 300 members from across the country celebrated BHA’s 10-year anniversary. The protection of backcountry habitat for elk and other wildlife, in places like the Hermosa Creek Watershed near Durango, is the driving force behind BHA. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, joined us in Denver and talked about fishing the Western Slope’s many streams and rivers, and how his Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act will help preserve some of those waters for future generations.

Colorado BHA Comments on SCORP

130-Phillip PetersonFebruary 12, 2014

RE: Comments on State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

CPW Staff & Commission,

Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) would like to thank the department for inviting us to be a part of the advisory group for the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The public input and discussion that took place through the advisory group meetings represented a diverse group a recreation interests and as a whole, staff has done an excellent job of ensuring that the document reflects the discussion from this process.

We would like to touch-on two additional items of importance to Colorado BHA:

  1. Broadening the use of stateside Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) money beyond the development of new trails, to include projects that have a more direct benefit to wildlife and sportsmen.
  2. Ensuring that the stewardship goal incorporates the maintenance of undeveloped, more primitive forms of recreation.

The Need for Intelligently Designed Energy Development on the Thompson Divide

In the video below, BHA Habitat Watchman and hunting guide, Adam Gall, explains the need for intelligently designed energy development on the Thompson Divide.


Thank You Montrose County for Protecting Wildlife Habitat

The following letter was sent to the Montrose County Commission in response to a season road closure that was supported by the commission to protect wildlife habitat.


Dear Montrose County Commissioners Henderson, White and Ellis:
I am writing on behalf of Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to thank you for passing Resolution 07-2014, directing a seasonal closure of Green Mt. Rd., C77, for protection of your struggling resident sage grouse population. We are in agreement with each of your “Whereas” positions.
While we are well aware of the economic importance of nonresident ORV recreational tourism to many rural areas of Colorado, winter is hardly the high ORV season and economic impact from this wildlife closure should be nil, producing a win-win situation for the country and its wildlife.

Reasons for Low Elevation Roadless Areas

The following is testimony provided by Gene Byrnes to the Mesa County Commission regarding the need for protecting roadless tracts of wildlife habitat on public lands.  Gene joined two other BHA members to present this information on on January 27, 2014.  Gene is a retired CPW Wildlife Biologist and avid sportsman.

I worked for the CDOW for 30 years as a conservation officer (game warden), game damage specialist and terrestrial wildlife biologist. I worked all over NW CO from 1972 -2002.

I am an avid hunter and I own and use 2 ATVs and a 4x4 truck.

During my career I trapped, radio-collared and monitored or re-located 100s of deer, elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goats, etc.

Radio tracking revealed that hunting season pressure will force species such as elk to move to refuge areas. These areas are typically private lands or remote and roadless areas on public lands.

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