Colorado is in the middle of a recreation renaissance that has resulted in more people spending more time on our public lands than ever before. Colorado BHA has been paying close attention to the associated impacts to wildlife and habitat thanks in large part to the leadership and expertise of Craig Grother, Colorado chapter board member.
Craig has led Colorado BHA efforts on this issue for some time, weighing in on concerns for specific trails projects, recommending policy changes at the state level, participating in working groups, commenting on administrative planning processes, and most recently developing a GIS analysis for the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre Gunnison Forest Plan.
For the past six months CO Board Member, Craig Grother has been hard at work developing this GIS analysis and report for the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests. This tool has been designed to bring wildlife management needs to the forefront of a decision-making process that will shape the management direction and priorities of the GMUG for the next 20-30 years. Craig's efforts have resulted in a tool that will allow Colorado BHA to build a strong coalition of support, educate the public, and shape the management direction of the GMUG to the benefit of wildlife. This tool is a giant step forward for the Colorado chapter, and we are confident that Craig's efforts will elevate our ability to engage on these issues moving forward. You can see the report here.