The Mountain Mail: 4/30/12
Reader applauds Udall initiative
I applaud Sen. Udall for giving Coloradans the chance to participate in the conversation of what legacy we want to leave for future generations.
Colorado has a great heritage of wildlife conservation, fishing and hunting tradition that is proudly maintained in the Arkansas RiverValley.
As part of this tradition, I fully support Sen. Udall’s proposal to protect Browns Canyon as a national monument or wilderness.
I’ve fished in the beautifully rugged Browns Canyon.
As a national monument, we could protect the fish and wildlife habitat essential to support thriving populations. This is good for the wildlife and for the local economy.
Hunting and fishing in Colorado are a multimillion-dollar industry, which supports more
than 20,000 jobs in the state.
National monument status will draw more people to our valley to appreciate our beautiful and bountiful outdoor opportunities, and be a boost to our local economy.
As an avid off-highway vehicle/all-terrain vehicle rider and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, I am aware there is tremendous support for protecting Browns Canyon from other OHV riders and sportsmen I know well.
This is a unique area because of its lower altitude which provides critical winter range
for elk, deer and other game species.
It’s an area where I have often come to experience the solitude of the outdoors, with no motorized vehicles.
Being able to have this experience is part of what makes this such a great state and it’s an
experience I hope my children will continue to experience as they grow up.
Permanently protecting Browns Canyon will ensure the natural legacy of this unique area remains intact for future generations of sportsmen and other outdoor recreationists.
David Moore, Salida