It was just after 5:00 AM when we arrived at our destination in the remote sagebrush plains of northern Colorado. A chorus of deep, resonant “blooping” sounds grew louder as we walked into the darkness, and turned off our headlamps in order to avoid startling the finicky birds.
The red rock canyons, expansive mesas, and high-desert rivers near Grand Junction, Colorado are a recreation paradise. Hikers and backpackers find solitude among the canyons and hoodoos, and mountain bikers flock to the area for the world class trails that weave in and out of slot canyons.
The Bureau of Land Management is instituting a new Master Leasing Plan for an area outside Dinosaur National Monument. Large areas of wild lands in northwest Colorado will now be protected, but the new plan also opens up several sensitive areas to oil and gas drilling.
In the first of a three management plans to be released in 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado missed a great opportunity to protect some of Colorado's most treasured landscapes—including the Dolores River, lands surrounding Mesa Verde National Park and recreation hub
The Forest Service recently released a plan that could protect much of Colorado’s Thompson Divide from new oil and gas leasing. For years, this spectacular area has been threatened by oil and gas development.