Sportsmen: BLM’s North Park Plan a Step in Leasing Reforms
SFRED encouraged to see oil, gas leasing reforms take shape on ground
Denver, CO -(AmmoLand.com)- The Bureau of Land Management‘s final plan for an important fish and wildlife area in northern Colorado was improved to include safeguards for habitat, but it still falls short of adequately protecting the watershed that supports a renowned fishery, a national sportsmen’s coalition said Thursday.
Members of Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development welcomed the inclusion of a master leasing plan in the BLM’s final resource management plan that includes North Park, often described as Colorado’s Serengeti. The SFRED partners added they hope the BLM builds on its experience writing the North Park master leasing plan, or MLP, to more thoroughly balance oil and gas development with wildlife and recreation concerns as it updates its management plan for public lands in South Park in central Colorado.
An MLP was among the Interior Department’s onshore oil and gas leasing reforms announced in 2010 and are intended as landscape-level assessments where important wildlife, environmental and mineral resources overlap.
Here are comments from SFRED partners on the BLM’s Record of Decision on the Kremmling field office’s …read more