DENTRY: Nature lovers ride to rescue

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A cavalry made up of sportsmen, conservation groups and San Luis Valley residents have charged to the rescue of public lands along the upper Rio Grande just days before those lands were to be sacrificed to energy development.

Sportsmen's groups joining the battle included Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the Colorado Wildlife Federation and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. The latter described the protests as "a blistering wave of criticism."