New Protected Land: Browns Canyon National Monument
The Newest Protected Land: Browns Canyon National Monument!
President Obama just used his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate Browns Canyon National Monument near Salida, CO. This 22,000 acre monument provides outstanding opportunities for fishing, whitewater boating, hiking and many other outdoor activities. It is one of the most popular whitewater destinations in the country; attracting roughly 150,000 visitors annually who participate in commercial rafting trips through the canyon. Furthermore, the area provides critical habitat for numerous animals including bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer and mountain lions.
The Conservation Alliance funded two organizations working to protect Browns Canyon; Conservation Colorado and Conservation Lands Foundation. We funded Conservation Colorado in 2006 for their effort to protect Browns Canyon as wilderness. After more than fifteen years of attempts to protect via legislation while wilderness bills languished in Congress, the strategy shifted to a national monument campaign. Conservation Lands Foundation, a 2014 grantee, worked with the Obama Administration to bring this national monument campaign across the finish line.
100% of Conservation Alliance membership dues support conservation opportunities like Browns Canyon. The Conservation Alliance connects supporters & brand to the conservation projects that have the highest probability of success. Browns Canyon National Monument protects thousands of acres wildlife habitat for future generations to enjoy, and we are proud to share this success. Together, we are making a measurable impact toward protecting threatened wild places in North America.
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