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BLM’s Racepath Gulch is located in the heart of Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the Arkansas River Canyonlands and has been recognized by the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office’s (RGFO) for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics . This rugged landscape is comprised of many steep rocky hillsides, meadows, and unique geologic rock features, with a number of drainages, including Texas Creek. Racepath Gulch is adjacent to BLM’s McIntyre Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA), and shares many of the same wilderness characteristics, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity significance. Not only is it important habitat and connectivity zone for area wildlife like Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, mountain lion, and BLM sensitive species’ Gunnison’s prairie dog, the cliffs and rock outcroppings provide refuge for imperiled and sensitive species such as the Brazilian free tailed bat and bald eagle respectively. This region of Bighorn Sheep Canyon, including BLM’s Racepath Gulch area, also supports extraordinary biological features, due to the inclusion of many globally imperiled and vulnerable plant species, including the Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf, Degener beardtongue, Fendler cloak-fern, and jeweled blazingstar. The Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf is endemic to this region, with this conservation area representing the largest known concentration in the world. BLM’s Racepath Gulch and other similar wildlands in the Arkansas River Canyonlands and greater RGFO region are deserving of protection and need your voice in BLM RGFO’s upcoming draft plan, now expected early 2019. Stay tuned next week, as we continue to highlight additional wild areas in BLM RGFO, in anticipation of their draft plan revision expected later this year. @mypubliclands #BLMWild  #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands 

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