Friends of Browns Canyon
Friends of Browns Canyon (FOBC) is dedicated to protecting, conserving and enhancing the ecological and natural resources of the Browns Canyon area.
FOBC is currently focusing efforts on the campaign to gain permanent protection, through either legislative action by the United States Congress or administrative action (under the authorities of the Antiquities Act of 1906) by the President of the United States.
FOBC works on conservation projects in the area now, and will devote more energies and resources to these activities as the campaign progresses and permanent protection is attained.
WHY WE NEED TO PROTECT BROWNS CANYON
The Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness proposal area covers 22,000 acres of federally- and state-managed public land in Chaffee County, Colorado. The area consists of the riparian corridor, stunning rock spires, hoodoos, and granite outcroppings. Wooded drainages lead from the river to upland areas covered with aspen, limber pines, douglas firs, and subalpine grasslands.
The rural economy in and around the Upper Arkansas Valley relies, in large part, upon existing uses in the Browns Canyon area. Collectively, hunting, fishing, ranching, and recreation in Chaffee County support a preponderance of jobs and annual economic benefit for our local communities.
Recognizing the importance of existing uses in the Browns Canyon area, Senator Mark Udall’s proposed the Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act in the United States Senate. The Udall bill offers a middle-ground solution, developed from the grassroots up, to Browns Canyon’s future. If passed, the legislation memorializes existing uses – including grazing permits – and provides them with better protection than they enjoy now.
In sum, the Browns Canyon area is used for outdoors sports and recreation and agriculture. The rugged nature of most of the terrain renders it unsuitable for development or motorized recreation, but the riparian and upland areas are vulnerable to the forces that would lease them for minerals extraction or sell them for development.