Southern Front Range Wildlands
The southern Front Range contains some of our state’s most popular recreational opportunities, and is also the source of a large portion of our water supply. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently developing plans for the area that will affect how it is managed the next 20 years, so input from passionate individuals is key.
The wild lands in this region are home to a wide variety of wildlife and are important for recreation near Colorado’s growing urban population centers. There are several large-scale plans that will affect the future for wide swaths of land from planning in the new Browns Canyon National Monument to the Pike – San Isabel National Forest.
- Decisions made in the next few years will include how to balance conservation interests, recreation opportunities, and resource development.
- Not only will these plans affect critical wildlife habitat, but it may also impact the water quality in rivers that quench the populations on the Front Range.
- Many people will be offering input to these plans, so if we don’t work to add conservation-focused voices into the conversation, it could be monopolized by industry advocates.
Our role is to connect the people who love and value these wild places with the planning processes that are happening through federal agencies. It’s important for local voices to be heard so that the plans reflect what the people who know these places want.
“The southern backyard of the Front Range, also known as the Arkansas River Canyonlands, contains some of the most remote, scenic areas of Colorado and is within just a short drive of Denver!” Read on to find out why these lands are critical to Colorado and how we are working to protect them.
“I felt I had barely scratched the surface of what this area, known as the Arkansas River Canyonlands, has to offer. Fortunately, I was recently invited to participate in a flight over the Canyonlands with the nonprofit Eco-Flight…” Read on to find out how our Organizer, Josh Kuhn took to the air to experiencer the Eastern Colorado lands in a whole new way!
News and Media
By: Kristen Dobroth
Speak Up for Colorado
Take action today to help decide the future of lands on Colorado’s Front Range!