Act Now to Protect the Rio Grande National Forest

Antora Meadows Recommended Wilderenss
Antora Meadows Recommended Wilderness

By: Alison Gallensky, GIS & IT Director

The Rio Grande National Forest has just begun their Scoping process and are asking for public input regarding their Forest Plan revision Proposed Action.  Your input will provide direction on how the Forest will be managed over the next 20 years. Comments must be received by Friday, October 28, 2016.
Please consider submitting a letter or e-mail to the Forest Service and providing these comments:

A major focus of the plan revision needs to be protecting biodiversity – preserving healthy habitats, connected landscapes, and key species. Support Rocky Mountain Wild and our conservation partners by asking the forest to:

  • Preserve healthy habitats by recommending additional areas as Wilderness including Antora Meadows, which would help fill the largest gap in the wilderness system in the Southern Rockies and one of the few areas in Colorado where all of the state’s major forest types coexist.
    • Other important areas to recommend for wilderness include North Fork of Rock Creek, Snowshoe Mountain, and Saguache Creek.
  • Protect connected landscapes by designating regional and forest-scale wildlife corridors such as the Wolf Creek Pass Landscape Zoological Area, which is one of the most important wildlife linkage zones in the San Juan Mountains and provides the most expansive lynx habitats in the Southern Rockies.
    • Other important areas to protect for landscape connectivity include the Elkhorn Peak Recommended Wilderness and Spruce Hole/Osier/Toltec Landscape Linkage area.
  • Defend key species such as the Canada lynx (ESA threatened) that is recovering in the Rio Grande National Forest, Uncompahgre fritillary butterfly (ESA endangered) that is found only in alpine habitats in the San Juan Mountains, and the Rio Grande cutthroat trout with only about two dozen remaining large genetically pure populations.
    • Protect Rio Grande cutthroat trout and important wetland areas by designating Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Focus Areas including Carnero Creek and Jim Creek.
  • See our Locator Map for the location of the forest and our  Map of Recommended Designated Areas to learn where some of the areas the conservation community is recommending for protection are found.

 

Send comments or e-mails to:
rgnf_forest_plan@fs.fed.us

or postal mail:
Rio Grande National Forest
Forest Plan Revision
1803 US Hwy 150
Monte Vista, CO 81132

Comments must be received by Friday, October 28, 2016