Senator Mark Udall recently introduced legislation, S. 1794 - the Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act of 2013 - that would help protect one of Colorado's treasured landscapes and the wildlife, fisheries, and recreation it supports. TU is part of the "Sportsmen for Browns Canyon" coalition that has been seeking protection of this important area, and applauded Senator Udall's introduction of legislation to designate a new National Monument and wilderness within a portion of it. The bill would:
- Create a 22,000-acre national monument along the Arkansas River between Buena Vista and Salida, including 10,500 acres of new wilderness;
- Preserve visitor access as it is now;
- Protect existing legal uses as they are now, allowing fishing, hunting, livestock grazing, commercial outfitting, mountain biking and motorized use to continue uninterrupted; and
- Maintain the ongoing, cooperative management of the area by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.
"Browns Canyon is a Colorado treasure, offering great fishing and one of the nation's most popular boating reaches," said Colorado TU Executive Director David Nickum. "We thank Senator Udall for introducing legislation to help keep Browns like it is, and to protect it for future generations. And we encourage the rest of Colorado's congressional delegation to join in supporting protection for Browns."
The Pueblo Chieftain has endorsed the legislation; you can read their editorial here.