BLM’s McIntyre Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA) is a rugged and wild 15,910-acre natural area in Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the Arkansas River Canyonlands. McIntyre Hills WSA is surrounded by other BLM Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO) managed public lands, most of which BLM found
#landswithwildernesscharacteristics , including Texas Creek Gulch contiguous to the west, and the
vast Echo Canyon to the north across the Arkansas River. However these #BLMWild areas do not share similar administrative protections. This can change!
These unprotected BLM wild and natural areas need your voice and support when BLM RGFO’s
draft plan is released later this year, with a 90-day public comment period.
This incredible BLM landscape is an important wildlife corridor and habitat for many area species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, and mountain lion. The rugged terrain and rocky outcroppings also provide refuge for iconic and/or endangered bird of prey species such as the bald eagle and American peregrine falcon.
We are also seeking long-term protections for McIntyre Hills and Echo Canyon, and thanks to
@RepDianaDeGette’s Colorado Wilderness Act, the wheels are in motion. #COWilderness2018
Come check out this incredible area on an upcoming November 3rd outing with Wild Connections.
For more info, see http://www.wildconnections.org/events.html. @Mypubliclands #SeeBLM#yourpubliclands
Badger Creek and smaller feeder tributaries dissect the rugged, arid terrain of Bighorn Sheep
Canyon, including navigating through steep red sandstone uplifts in this area. The lively, yearlong
running Badger Creek, one of few perennial streams in the region, flows a few miles through this
unit, before depositing in the mighty Arkansas River.
Badger Creek offers excellent opportunities for trout fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. You
may see a herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, mule deer, brown trout, bald eagle, or many
other forms of life that depend on this important waterway.
BLM documented Badger Creek South for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics in 2014,
however it is currently unprotected. This area is just as wild and deserving of protection as the
adjacent 25,000 plus acre Badger Creek proposed wilderness to the north, which was just
proposed in @RepDianaDeGette’s 2018 Colorado Wilderness Act. #COWilderness2018
Stay tuned for next week as we continue to highlight the wildest areas in BLM RGFO, in
anticipation of their draft plan revision, now expected to be released to the public in October 2018
with a 90-day public comment period! @mypubliclands #SeeBLM#yourpubliclands#BLMWild
Badger Creek is one of few perennial streams in the rugged Arkansas River Canyonlands. A hike
along this vegetated creek illustrates the great amount of life that this watershed supports: from
vulnerable riparian plant communities, aquatic insects and brook trout, to deer, bighorn sheep
and mountain lions, to bald eagles, Mexican spotted owls and wild turkeys.
This incredible BLM #landswithwildernesscharacteristics reaches over 11,000 feet, atop Jack Hall
Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the area and few spots you can find bristlecone pine trees in the region. This BLM peak offers breathtaking views of Bighorn Sheep Canyon below and the
scenic Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Wilderness across the Arkansas River.
Badger Creek headwaters begin in the adjacent USFS National Forest, and along with this
#BLMWild area, form over 25,000 acres of intact wilderness, which was just proposed in
@RepDianaDeGette’s Colorado Wilderness Act. #COWilderness2018
However, this important and wild area is currently unprotected. Badger Creek North is more
than deserving of protection and needs your voice in BLM RGFO’s upcoming draft plan.
Stay tuned for next week for a look at Badger Creek South, as we continue to highlight the wildest
areas in BLM RGFO, in anticipation of their draft plan revision, expected to be released in October
2018 with a 90-day public comment period.
The Colorado Wilderness Act of 2018, which I’ve just introduced, will protect about 740,000 acres of pristine land in our state. I’ve introduced a version of this bill in every Congress since 1999 -- but now more than ever, we need a comprehensive vision for protecting Colorado’s last remaining wild places from moneyed special interests. My bill presents a path forward to securing our state’s outdoor heritage for generations to come. #COwilderness2018