The Mountain Mail: Tuesday 4/17/2012
Angler Supports Wilderness Idea
Colorado enjoys a great heritage of wildlife conservation, and an exceptional fishing and hunting tradition proudly maintained in the Arkansas River Valley.
As part of this tradition, I applaud Senator Udall for generating community conversations about protecting Browns Canyon as a national monument or wilderness.
My sons and I have fished together for many years in the beautifully rugged Browns Canyon. Protecting its fish and wildlife habitat also is good for the local economy.
Fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing contribute more than $3 billion to Colorado’s economy and support more than 34,000 jobs. Rafting in Browns Canyon adds an estimated $23 million annually to the local economy.
Other anglers I know well also support protecting Browns Canyon. Permanent protection will ensure the legacy of this unique area remains intact for future generations of sportsmen and other outdoor recreationists.
Kerry M. Gubits, Littleton