Speak up to keep Colorado's Grand Junction wilderness wild

Colorado's towering Bookcliffs, Bangs Canyon, and the arroyos and hoodoos of South Shale Ridge are all at risk to development.

Soren Jespersen

The wildlands around Grand Junction, Colorado, are some of this beautiful state's wildest remaining high desert lands.

Colorado’s western slope is a treasure trove of canyon country wilderness valued by Coloradans for its natural beauty, important wildlife habitat and outstanding recreation opportunities.

But unless you speak up, the mesas and canyons surrounding Grand Junction will be opened up to oil and gas drilling, off-road vehicles and other activities that could permanently damage the wild lands and wildlife that make this area uniquely Coloradan.

Right now, the Bureau of Land Management is crafting a plan to manage more than a million acres of these spectacular lands surrounding Grand Junction. And they're asking for your input!

Ask the BLM to protect these wild lands!

There are some spectacular wildlands surrounding Grand Junction that are simply too wild and fragile for oil and gas development, which can lead to:
  • Habitat fragmentation and disturbances in migration, breeding and foraging habits of wildlife
  • Pollution of air and water through daily operations
  • Toxic oil spills
  • Noise pollution
  • Spoiled beauty of scenic areas

Off-road vehicles can also have devastating consequences for the plants, animals and ecosystems that depend on wild public lands in the Grand Junction area. The noise, pollution and land erosion caused by off-road vehicles would adversely affect the land and lifeforms that make up this Coloradan canyon country.

Photo: Soren Jespersen

The Wilderness Society supports the Bureau of Land Management proposing to close unnecessary, damaging and redundant roads in the management plan, helping to create spaces for quiet recreation, wildlife and solitude while continuing to allow adequate access for recreation and other uses. In addition to preserving lands with wilderness characteristics, we support the management plan promoting quiet recreation such as hiking, backpacking, photography and wildlife viewing. 

Tell the BLM to protect wilderness in the Grand Junction management plan.