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Our blog gives us a great way of keeping folks – our members and anyone else interested in our work – a little more plugged in to what’s happening in the world of endangered species advocacy, offering some insight into what we do and how we do it, and fostering conversation among our supporters, our staff, and others.

Conservation Victory # 8: 2 Million Acres Deferred From Oil and Gas Development

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - September 25, 2014 - Blog
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Oil and gas development is one of the biggest threats to native biodiversity in our region. At the end of 2013, the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had active leases on 18,969,941 acres of land in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. These leases give energy companies the right to construct roads, drilling pads, and […]

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Conservation Victory # 7: Keeping Wolf Creek Pass Wild (1999-2014)

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - September 24, 2014 - Blog
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Since 1999, Rocky Mountain Wild has fought to preserve a critical wildlife corridor, threatened species, fen wetlands, air quality, scenic and recreational resources on the Continental Divide, and the integrity of nearby Wilderness areas in the Southern Rockies from a massive development proposal at Wolf Creek Pass.

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Feds Neglect Southern Rockies, Again, in Final Critical Habitat Designation for Lynx

Posted by Paige Singer - September 14, 2014 - Blog

On Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its final critical habitat designation for the Canada lynx, which was recognized as a threatened species in the lower 48 United States in 2000. Despite designating nearly 39,000 square miles as essential habitat for the cats, the revised designation does not include any protections for lynx in the Southern Rocky Mountains.

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Gov. Hickenlooper and the State Water Board Need to Raise All Boats

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - August 7, 2014 - Blog

Western Resource Advocates and Conservation Colorado water experts (including a longstanding Rocky Mountain Wild board member) offered preliminary responses to this week’s release of eight draft Basin Implementation Plans – local level plans in each major river basin across Colorado addressing future water supply and river health.

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RIP Dick Orleans: Artist, wanderer and Estes Park leader

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - July 30, 2014 - Blog

Dick Orleans, a musician and wildlife photographer who provided many amazing photos to Rocky Mountain Wild, has died, but left a wonderful legacy.

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BLM begins public scoping on Gunnison Sage-Grouse Environmental Impact Statement

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - July 21, 2014 - Blog

July 17: As part of a collaborative effort to protect wildlife and promote balanced development on public lands, the Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input to identify conservation measures to protect Gunnison Sage-Grouse within the bird’s habitat on federally-managed lands in Colorado and Utah.

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The Backyard Bash is July 11!

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - July 8, 2014 - Blog

Rocky Mountain Wild’s nearly famous Backyard Bash is July 11! This sizzling summer party is our way of saying thank-you to our members and friends, and to update you on our progress over the year. Join us for an outdoor Colorado summer evening full of great conversation, local beer, and chilled wine. As always, we are featuring staff attorney, Matt Sandler, on the grill – serving up tasty morsels for carnivores and vegans alike!

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Leaked Document: Scientists Ordered to Scrap Plan to Protect Wolverines

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - July 8, 2014 - Blog

July 7: According to a leaked memo obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity, scientists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been ordered to reverse their own conclusions and withdraw last year’s proposal to protect American wolverines under the Endangered Species Act.

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Wolverine caught on camera in Uintas, not seen in Utah for 30 years

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - July 2, 2014 - Blog

July 2: Wildlife biologists said they have pictures of something never before captured in Utah, the first official photos of a wolverine. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said the animal has not been seen in Utah for more than 30 years.

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Draft Boundary for South Park Master Leasing Plan

Posted by Alison Gallensky - June 19, 2014 - Blog, GIS Projects

June 19: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado is working with conservation groups and other agencies (including Denver Water) to create a Master Leasing Plan for the South Park area in Colorado. Download the proposed boundary in kmz and shapefile format here.

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