Sign On to Support BHA's Wild Lands Vision

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CO BHA believes it is urgent to address the cumulative impacts of recreation and purposely direct management toward the conservation of our remaining wild lands and wildlife habitat within the areas we have identified as Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). We believe this is necessary in order to retain habitat integrity and connectivity within the GMUG and the adjacent public lands that is essential to perpetuating our wildlife populations. Not doing so now will only preclude the opportunity for us and the next generations to implement those actions in the future. If you support CO BHA's Wild Land Vision for the GMUG please sign on and lend your support today. We will contact you when your voice is needed and use this sign on to demonstrate our collective support. 

Who's signing

The opportunities to experience the natural world made possible by our public lands are unparalleled and their importance to wildlife unequalled.  Colorado has approximately 24 million acres of public lands and over 100,000 river miles. The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests provide essential habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and fish, and it is a National destination for hunting and fishing as well as wildlife watching.  As hunters and anglers we seek opportunities to enjoy large backcountry habitats in pursuit of fish and game, as well as the solitude and challenge of experiencing large intact landscapes. 

CO BHA members share a deep concern about our backcountry lands and waters. The pressures of an exploding population of public land users utilizing more capable technologies has led to significant impacts to wildlife and the habitat they depend on, as well as diminished opportunities for the public to experience truly wild places. Once finite habitat is developed, it is effectively taken out of inventory forever. With foresight and long-term vision, one can see that habitat is much harder to restore in the future than to conserve purposefully in the present.

We believe in managing wildlife and wild public lands as a public trust and a priceless resource. We believe in keeping undeveloped public lands truly wild and in the conservation of wildlife habitats and the species that depend on them.

We are committed to continuing our active engagement with the GMUG and collaborating with other interest groups to incorporate these principles in the development of the forest plan revision. We believe by implementing these recommendations, the GMUG can go a long way toward maintaining the wildlife and wild places so valued by its residents and visitors.

 

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