I write today about two wilderness initiatives that will favorably impact our region’s economy, ecosystem resiliency, watersheds, wildlife habitats and corridors, and recreation opportunities including hunting and fishing.
First, a huge thank you to Sen. (Michael) Bennet, for the introduction of the San Juan Mountain Wilderness Act on April 19. If passed, this legislation would designate additional wilderness acreage to both the current Mount Sneffels and Lizard Head Wilderness Areas. In addition, the Act would create a new McKenna Peak Wilderness and the Sheep Mountain Special Management Area (to include Ice Lakes Basin and Hope Lake.) You can learn more and show your support at sanjuanwilderness.org. Please thank Sen. Bennet at 202-224-5852. Then ask Sen. (Cory) Gardner to co-sponsor the bill by calling his office at 202-224-5941. Finally, encourage Rep. (Scott) Tipton to support the bill by reaching him at 202-225-4761.
Second, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest is in the scoping phase of its long overdue forest plan revision. A coalition of non-profit organizations has created a Citizens’ Wilderness Proposal that identifies numerous landscapes across the three forests that possess wilderness values. You can learn more about this proposal at gmugrevision.com. Locally, areas identified in our proposal include the additions of Bear Creek and Baldy Mountain to the Uncompahgre Wilderness, Hayden Mountain, and Abrams and Brown Mountains. Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Ridgway-Ouray Community Council and Indivisible Ouray will co-host a “Write for Wilderness” comment writing workshop on Tuesday, May 1 at the Ridgway Library starting at 7 p.m. Join us to learn more about the Citizens’ Wilderness Proposal and write your comments to the USFS. Direct questions about this workshop to email@example.com.
You can find more information about the GMUG Forest Plan revision at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/gmug/landmanagement/planning You can submit your comments directly by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Scoping Comment” or online by visiting https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=51806.
Thanks for showing support for wilderness and our public lands.
Robyn Cascade, co-leader
Northern San Juan chapter
Great Old Broads for Wilderness