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This week we travel to the west side of Heurfano County in South-central Colorado to the Blanca Massif area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just a few miles southeast of the Great Sand Dunes 
National Park and Preserve. BLM’s Stanley Creek #landswithwildernesscharacteristics is a high 
elevation natural area, adjacent to the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, San Isabel National Forest, and 
Huerfano State Wildlife area. 
The Stanley Creek #BLMWild area supports a diversity of plant and wildlife habitats, due to its 
topographic variety and assorted ecosystems. Rolling hills are predominant in this unit, consisting 
of open meadows with numerous wildflowers and mixed forest groves of aspen, pinyon pine, 
ponderosa pine, and blue spruce. Riparian life is also abundant in the unit as it sources the Huerfano River, Stanley Creek, Deep Canyon Creek, and Manzanares Creek, among other unnamed 
creeks, tributaries, and gulches that drain south through the unit. 
BLM’s Stanley Creek provides exceptional wildlife habitat and connectivity for numerous wildlife 
species, including black bear, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, 
mountain lion, as well as potential habitat and range for the threatened and endangered species 
Canadian lynx. 
BLM recently documented this natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics, 
however this wild area is not managed for such. This can change! 
We need your voice of support for Stanley Creek and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming 
Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. 
Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy 
of administrative protection. @Mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands
This week we travel to the west side of Heurfano County in South-central Colorado to the Blanca Massif area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just a few miles southeast of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. BLM’s Stanley Creek #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  is a high elevation natural area, adjacent to the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, San Isabel National Forest, and Huerfano State Wildlife area. The Stanley Creek #BLMWild  area supports a diversity of plant and wildlife habitats, due to its topographic variety and assorted ecosystems. Rolling hills are predominant in this unit, consisting of open meadows with numerous wildflowers and mixed forest groves of aspen, pinyon pine, ponderosa pine, and blue spruce. Riparian life is also abundant in the unit as it sources the Huerfano River, Stanley Creek, Deep Canyon Creek, and Manzanares Creek, among other unnamed creeks, tributaries, and gulches that drain south through the unit. BLM’s Stanley Creek provides exceptional wildlife habitat and connectivity for numerous wildlife species, including black bear, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain lion, as well as potential habitat and range for the threatened and endangered species Canadian lynx. BLM recently documented this natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however this wild area is not managed for such. This can change! We need your voice of support for Stanley Creek and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy of administrative protection. @Mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands 
BLM’s Cucharas Canyon is a rare intact wild canyon area on Colorado’s eastern plains. Once vital 
for Native Indians, American settlers and ranchers, can now be enjoyed as a camping trip, hike, horseback ride, or hunting opportunity. 
Take a through-hike down the canyon and enjoy the sounds of the trickling river or the cascading song of a canyon wren. Or visit one of the lookouts on either side for a scenic vista of the Spanish 
Peaks over this colorful picturesque canyon. 
Life abounds in this wild and exceptional natural area. The Cucharas Canyon area has high habitat 
and range values for a number of wildlife species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black 
bear, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, as well as valued bird species, 
particularly species of concern, like the scaled quail and bald eagle. 
BLM documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics, 
however this wild area is not managed for such. This can change! 
We need your voice of support for Cucharas Canyon and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming 
Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. 
Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy 
of administrative protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands #BLMWild
BLM’s Cucharas Canyon is a rare intact wild canyon area on Colorado’s eastern plains. Once vital for Native Indians, American settlers and ranchers, can now be enjoyed as a camping trip, hike, horseback ride, or hunting opportunity. Take a through-hike down the canyon and enjoy the sounds of the trickling river or the cascading song of a canyon wren. Or visit one of the lookouts on either side for a scenic vista of the Spanish Peaks over this colorful picturesque canyon. Life abounds in this wild and exceptional natural area. The Cucharas Canyon area has high habitat and range values for a number of wildlife species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, as well as valued bird species, particularly species of concern, like the scaled quail and bald eagle. BLM documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however this wild area is not managed for such. This can change! We need your voice of support for Cucharas Canyon and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy of administrative protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands  #BLMWild 
Successful weekend for our South Park Alpine Restoration Project Part II: trail building at Beaver Creek, north of Fairplay. Big thanks to all the hardworking volunteers, as well as our partners: @u.s.forestservice South Park Ranger District, @saveamosquito, and @Wrv.restore. We look forward to continuing these South Park Alpine Restoration Projects in 2019. Thanks for the photos @misiballard #mypubliclands #coloradowild #wildcolorado
Successful weekend for our South Park Alpine Restoration Project Part II: trail building at Beaver Creek, north of Fairplay. Big thanks to all the hardworking volunteers, as well as our partners: @u.s.forestservice South Park Ranger District, @saveamosquito, and @Wrv.restore. We look forward to continuing these South Park Alpine Restoration Projects in 2019. Thanks for the photos @misiballard #mypubliclands  #coloradowild  #wildcolorado 
BLM’s Cooper Mountain is a large and diverse 20,000+ acre area, bounded by the historic Gold 
Belt Byways of Phantom Canyon Road and Shelf Road between Cañon City and Cripple Creek. 
Recreation is popular to the west in the Garden Park/Oil Well Flats area off of Shelf Road, an area 
also protected for its nationally renowned paleontological sites. 
Cooper Mountain offers excellent opportunities for solitude and backcountry experiences. 
Established trails from either side of the mountain take you from the arid canyon terrain through 
mixed-forests, to high elevation grasslands. Take in views of Pikes Peak, the Wet Mountains, or 
the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from the buttes and lookouts atop Cooper Mountain. 
Cooper Mountain’s rugged topography, but also diverse ecosystems, support many wildlife 
species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain lion, swift fox, black bear, elk, deer, and pronghorn, not to mention valuable bird species such as the American peregrine falcon, bald 
eagle, golden eagle, scaled quail, great blue heron, and Mexican spotted owl habitat. 
BLM documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics, 
however most of this wild area is currently unprotected. We need your voice of support for Cooper Mountain and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, 
coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. 
Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas worthy of administrative protections. @mypubliclands #seeblm #yourpubliclands #blmwild
BLM’s Cooper Mountain is a large and diverse 20,000+ acre area, bounded by the historic Gold Belt Byways of Phantom Canyon Road and Shelf Road between Cañon City and Cripple Creek. Recreation is popular to the west in the Garden Park/Oil Well Flats area off of Shelf Road, an area also protected for its nationally renowned paleontological sites. Cooper Mountain offers excellent opportunities for solitude and backcountry experiences. Established trails from either side of the mountain take you from the arid canyon terrain through mixed-forests, to high elevation grasslands. Take in views of Pikes Peak, the Wet Mountains, or the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from the buttes and lookouts atop Cooper Mountain. Cooper Mountain’s rugged topography, but also diverse ecosystems, support many wildlife species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain lion, swift fox, black bear, elk, deer, and pronghorn, not to mention valuable bird species such as the American peregrine falcon, bald eagle, golden eagle, scaled quail, great blue heron, and Mexican spotted owl habitat. BLM documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however most of this wild area is currently unprotected. We need your voice of support for Cooper Mountain and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas worthy of administrative protections. @mypubliclands #seeblm  #yourpubliclands  #blmwild 
BLM’s Upper Red Canyon, located north of Cañon City, boasts a massive backcountry complete 
with trickling streams, high grasslands, cavernous valleys, red rock outcroppings, and mountainous views. 
Life abounds in this wild and expansive natural area. Listen for the cascading song of a canyon 
wren, one of the best songsters of the west. Or be on the lookout for other iconic birds in Upper Red Canyon, including the aerial moves of Lewis’s Woodpeckers as they catch insects, or the 
unmistakable great blue heron with its long legs, neck, and dagger like bill, or one of many birds of 
prey on the hunt, including the American Peregrine Falcon and bald eagle. 
Excellent opportunities for primitive recreation are also abundant in Upper Red Canyon, including hunting, fishing, horseback riding, backpacking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and photography. Rock 
climbing is also quite popular in this area, particularly in the eastern section of Upper Red Canyon 
along Shelf Road, which offers first-class climbing on the red sandstone and limestone cliff walls. 
BLM documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics, 
however this wild area is currently unprotected. This can change! 
We need your voice of support for Upper Red Canyon and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming 
Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. 
Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy 
of administrative protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands #BLMWild
BLM’s Upper Red Canyon, located north of Cañon City, boasts a massive backcountry complete with trickling streams, high grasslands, cavernous valleys, red rock outcroppings, and mountainous views. Life abounds in this wild and expansive natural area. Listen for the cascading song of a canyon wren, one of the best songsters of the west. Or be on the lookout for other iconic birds in Upper Red Canyon, including the aerial moves of Lewis’s Woodpeckers as they catch insects, or the unmistakable great blue heron with its long legs, neck, and dagger like bill, or one of many birds of prey on the hunt, including the American Peregrine Falcon and bald eagle. Excellent opportunities for primitive recreation are also abundant in Upper Red Canyon, including hunting, fishing, horseback riding, backpacking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and photography. Rock climbing is also quite popular in this area, particularly in the eastern section of Upper Red Canyon along Shelf Road, which offers first-class climbing on the red sandstone and limestone cliff walls. BLM documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however this wild area is currently unprotected. This can change! We need your voice of support for Upper Red Canyon and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy of administrative protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands  #BLMWild 
Eightmile Mountain is one of the wildest unprotected areas in the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office. 
Its deep valleys, rolling hills, and mountain ridges provide excellent opportunities for primitive 
recreation and solitude, as well as support a wide variety of plant species and wildlife habitat. 
This 19,000+ contiguous acre area provides high habitat and range values for black bear, elk, deer, 
pronghorn, mountain lion, Aberts squirrel, and Brazilian free tailed bat. Valued bird species also take refuge in this #BLMWild area, including the bald eagle, scaled quail, wild turkey, and Lewis’s 
woodpecker. 
A hike or horseback to Thompson Point, from one of two BLM trailheads, offers an incredible Colorado viewscape: scenic landscape views of the snowcapped Sangre de Cristo Mountains 
draping over central Colorado’s canyon country, highlighted by the Arkansas River and Bighorn Sheep Canyon. 
BLM Royal Gorge documented this rugged and awesome landscape for its 
#landswithwildernesscharacteristics, however this wild area currently has no protections. This can change! 
We need your voice of support for Eightmile Mountain and similarly wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, expected to be released in Oct 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. 
Stay tuned the next few weeks as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, 
worthy of administration protection.  @mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands
Eightmile Mountain is one of the wildest unprotected areas in the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office. Its deep valleys, rolling hills, and mountain ridges provide excellent opportunities for primitive recreation and solitude, as well as support a wide variety of plant species and wildlife habitat. This 19,000+ contiguous acre area provides high habitat and range values for black bear, elk, deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, Aberts squirrel, and Brazilian free tailed bat. Valued bird species also take refuge in this #BLMWild  area, including the bald eagle, scaled quail, wild turkey, and Lewis’s woodpecker. A hike or horseback to Thompson Point, from one of two BLM trailheads, offers an incredible Colorado viewscape: scenic landscape views of the snowcapped Sangre de Cristo Mountains draping over central Colorado’s canyon country, highlighted by the Arkansas River and Bighorn Sheep Canyon. BLM Royal Gorge documented this rugged and awesome landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however this wild area currently has no protections. This can change! We need your voice of support for Eightmile Mountain and similarly wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, expected to be released in Oct 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. Stay tuned the next few weeks as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy of administration protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands 
Thanks to everyone that made Part 1 of our South Park Alpine Restoration Project a huge success this weekend! Shout out to our partners: @u.s.forestservice South Park Ranger District, MRHI @saveamosquito, and @wrv.restore. Join us for Part 2 of our South Park Alpine Project on Sept 8-9. See www.wildconnections.org for more info. #mypubliclands #coloradowild
Thanks to everyone that made Part 1 of our South Park Alpine Restoration Project a huge success this weekend! Shout out to our partners: @u.s.forestservice South Park Ranger District, MRHI @saveamosquito, and @wrv.restore. Join us for Part 2 of our South Park Alpine Project on Sept 8-9. See www.wildconnections.org for more info. #mypubliclands  #coloradowild 
Falls Gulch Mountain and the Sand Gulch area North of Cotopaxi offer exceptional backcountry 
hiking and big game hunting opportunities. It encompasses the epitome of the Arkansas River 
Canyonlands with dense pinion-juniper woodlands that roll over hilly and canyoned terrain, while also providing mid-elevation mixed forests in the higher sections to the north. 
BLM’s North of Cotopaxi unit also encompasses rare and vulnerable riparian plant communities and wetlands on the east side of Falls Gulch Mountain, an area so diverse that Wild Connections 
and partners hosted a public BioBlitz here a few years ago to document the area’s rich biodiversity. 
A hike to the top of Falls Gulch Mountain offers incredible views of the surrounding Bighorn Sheep Canyon with the jagged Sangre de Cristo Mountains providing a picturesque background. 
BLM Royal Gorge documented this incredible landscape for its 
#landswithwildernesscharacteristics, however this special wild area currently has no protections. 
This can change! We need your voice of support for North of Cotopaxi and similarly wild areas in 
BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, scheduled to be released in Oct 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. 
Stay tuned the next few weeks as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, 
worthy of administration protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands #BLMWild
Falls Gulch Mountain and the Sand Gulch area North of Cotopaxi offer exceptional backcountry hiking and big game hunting opportunities. It encompasses the epitome of the Arkansas River Canyonlands with dense pinion-juniper woodlands that roll over hilly and canyoned terrain, while also providing mid-elevation mixed forests in the higher sections to the north. BLM’s North of Cotopaxi unit also encompasses rare and vulnerable riparian plant communities and wetlands on the east side of Falls Gulch Mountain, an area so diverse that Wild Connections and partners hosted a public BioBlitz here a few years ago to document the area’s rich biodiversity. A hike to the top of Falls Gulch Mountain offers incredible views of the surrounding Bighorn Sheep Canyon with the jagged Sangre de Cristo Mountains providing a picturesque background. BLM Royal Gorge documented this incredible landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however this special wild area currently has no protections. This can change! We need your voice of support for North of Cotopaxi and similarly wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, scheduled to be released in Oct 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. Stay tuned the next few weeks as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy of administration protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands  #BLMWild 
Last call for volunteers! Join us this weekend for our @u.s.forestservice South Park Alpine Restoration Project. Volunteer for 1-3 Days over Aug 17-19 to help restore #usfs North Tarryall Creek watershed. Free meals and camping! See www.wildconnections.org for details. #mypubliclands #coloradowild
Last call for volunteers! Join us this weekend for our @u.s.forestservice South Park Alpine Restoration Project. Volunteer for 1-3 Days over Aug 17-19 to help restore #usfs  North Tarryall Creek watershed. Free meals and camping! See www.wildconnections.org for details. #mypubliclands  #coloradowild 
Beautiful hike this weekend up Emerald Valley in @blmcoloraod Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area. See www.wildconnections.com for upcoming events. Thanks @curtnimz for the photos! @mypubliclands #seeblm #blmwild #yourpubliclands
Beautiful hike this weekend up Emerald Valley in @blmcoloraod Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area. See www.wildconnections.com for upcoming events. Thanks @curtnimz for the photos! @mypubliclands #seeblm  #blmwild  #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 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 
Only two weeks until our #usfs South Park Alpine Restoration Project kicks off, and we need your help!
Volunteer for 1-3 Days over Aug 17-19 and give back to your public lands with other great people, free meals, and camping. See www.wildconnections.com for more info. #mypubliclands #coloradowild #restorationproject
Only two weeks until our #usfs  South Park Alpine Restoration Project kicks off, and we need your help! Volunteer for 1-3 Days over Aug 17-19 and give back to your public lands with other great people, free meals, and camping. See www.wildconnections.com for more info. #mypubliclands  #coloradowild  #restorationproject 
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.
@Mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands
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. @Mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands 
We had a great time at Burro Days this weekend in South Park!  A lot of locals and front rangers alike are excited for our upcoming South Park Alpine Restoration Project (Aug 17-19 & Sep 8-9) with the #usfs South Park Ranger District. You can volunteer with us too! For more info, see www.wildconnections.org #burrodays #mypubliclands
We had a great time at Burro Days this weekend in South Park! A lot of locals and front rangers alike are excited for our upcoming South Park Alpine Restoration Project (Aug 17-19 & Sep 8-9) with the #usfs  South Park Ranger District. You can volunteer with us too! For more info, see www.wildconnections.org #burrodays  #mypubliclands 
Bear Mountain, located in the heart of Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the Arkansas River Canyonlands, is BLM Royal Gorge Field Office’s (RGFO) most recent area recognized for its 
#landswithwildernesscharacteristics  This rugged and scenic area is worthy of BLM RGFO administrative protections. 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 excellent forage, range, and/or nesting for critical and 
valuable birds of prey such as the bald eagle, American peregrine falcon, and Mexican spotted owl. 
The Bear Mountain region also supports extraordinary biological features, including the largest 
known concentration of the globally imperiled species, the Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf, endemic to 
only Chaffee and Fremont Counties. 
However, this important area is bookended by motorized areas and illegal motorized 
encroachment is a real issue for local flora and fauna. Bear Mountain is deserving of protection 
and needs your voice in BLM RGFO’s upcoming draft plan. 
Stay tuned for next week, as we continue to highlight the wildest areas in BLM RGFO, in anticipation of their draft plan revision expected later this year.
@mypubliclands #blmwild #seeblm #yourpubliclands
Bear Mountain, located in the heart of Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the Arkansas River Canyonlands, is BLM Royal Gorge Field Office’s (RGFO) most recent area recognized for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  This rugged and scenic area is worthy of BLM RGFO administrative protections. 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 excellent forage, range, and/or nesting for critical and valuable birds of prey such as the bald eagle, American peregrine falcon, and Mexican spotted owl. The Bear Mountain region also supports extraordinary biological features, including the largest known concentration of the globally imperiled species, the Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf, endemic to only Chaffee and Fremont Counties. However, this important area is bookended by motorized areas and illegal motorized encroachment is a real issue for local flora and fauna. Bear Mountain is deserving of protection and needs your voice in BLM RGFO’s upcoming draft plan. Stay tuned for next week, as we continue to highlight the wildest areas in BLM RGFO, in anticipation of their draft plan revision expected later this year. @mypubliclands #blmwild  #seeblm  #yourpubliclands 
Our BLM feature this week is Echo Canyon - Table Mountain, one of the wildest and inaccessible BLM areas in Bighorn Sheep Canyon, and also the largest contiguous BLM area managed by the 
Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO), containing over 30,000 acres of 
#landswithwildernesscharacteristics . However this area lacks appropriate protections and needs your voice and support when BLM RGFO’s draft plan is released later this year, with a 90-day 
public comment period. 
The scenic Table Mountain over Echo Canyon can be glimpsed from a drive along US Highway 50, 
or better yet, via a raft or kayak on the Arkansas River. 
This incredible area is an important wildlife corridor and habitat for many area species, including 
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, as well as 
iconic and/or endangered bird of prey species such as the bald eagle, American peregrine falcon, and Mexican spotted owl. 
We need your voice in support of protecting these still wild places! We will continue 
highlighting these important unprotected public lands weekly, in anticipation of BLM RGFO’s draft 
plan due out later this year. @mypubliclands #blmwild #seeblm #yourpubliclands
Our BLM feature this week is Echo Canyon - Table Mountain, one of the wildest and inaccessible BLM areas in Bighorn Sheep Canyon, and also the largest contiguous BLM area managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO), containing over 30,000 acres of #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  . However this area lacks appropriate protections and needs your voice and support when BLM RGFO’s draft plan is released later this year, with a 90-day public comment period. The scenic Table Mountain over Echo Canyon can be glimpsed from a drive along US Highway 50, or better yet, via a raft or kayak on the Arkansas River. This incredible area is an important wildlife corridor and habitat for many area species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, as well as iconic and/or endangered bird of prey species such as the bald eagle, American peregrine falcon, and Mexican spotted owl. We need your voice in support of protecting these still wild places! We will continue highlighting these important unprotected public lands weekly, in anticipation of BLM RGFO’s draft plan due out later this year. @mypubliclands #blmwild  #seeblm  #yourpubliclands 
Join us for an exploration of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in central Colorado, featuring Bighorn Sheep Canyon, a vast scenic landscape along the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City, CO. This area is predominantly #blm public lands, managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO), who is amid a management plan revision, which will affect how these lands will be managed for the foreseeable future.  Over the next several weeks we will showcase some of these spectacular local BLM wildlands. Wild Connections and our partners are currently working to gain administrative protections for these special areas.  We need your voice to protect these still wild places!  @mypubliclands #blmwild #seeblm #yourpubliclands
Join us for an exploration of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in central Colorado, featuring Bighorn Sheep Canyon, a vast scenic landscape along the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City, CO. This area is predominantly #blm  public lands, managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO), who is amid a management plan revision, which will affect how these lands will be managed for the foreseeable future. Over the next several weeks we will showcase some of these spectacular local BLM wildlands. Wild Connections and our partners are currently working to gain administrative protections for these special areas. We need your voice to protect these still wild places! @mypubliclands #blmwild  #seeblm  #yourpubliclands 
Thank you Wild Connections and @colorado_trout_unlimited volunteers for finishing restoration of a decommissioned road at Rock Creek, on the edge of the Lost Creek Wilderness. The closure of the badly eroded road and relocation of a portion of the Ben Tyler Trail are part of a project to reintroduce greenback cutthroat trout into Rock Creek. Also special thanks to #usfs South Park Ranger District for directing this project during a particularly hectic fire season. #mypubliclands #coloradowild #restorationproject
Thank you Wild Connections and @colorado_trout_unlimited volunteers for finishing restoration of a decommissioned road at Rock Creek, on the edge of the Lost Creek Wilderness. The closure of the badly eroded road and relocation of a portion of the Ben Tyler Trail are part of a project to reintroduce greenback cutthroat trout into Rock Creek. Also special thanks to #usfs  South Park Ranger District for directing this project during a particularly hectic fire season. #mypubliclands  #coloradowild  #restorationproject