Energy development and conservation of wildlife habitat can go hand in hand, if done right, so it was good to hear that the Bureau of Land Management has to go back and review its plan for drilling on the Roan Plateau. The Bush-era plan would have turned the Roan Plateau into an industrial zone, trashing big game and other wildlife habitat and squeezing out hunters and anglers. By the BLM's own admission, their plan would reduce the Roan's mule deer herd by nearly 20 percent and could wipe out cutthroat trout in streams on top of the plateau.I hope the BLM chooses to develop a new plan that protects the mule deer, elk, turkeys, black bear, cutthroat trout and other wildlife that make the Roan a haven for sportsmen. The BLM has been given a second chance to balance energy development and at the same time protect fish and wildlife habitat. Going forward, the agency's goal should be simple: Allow some energy development, but first and foremost, protect the hunting, fishing and wildlife values that make the Roan Plateau a place that hunters and anglers and others have valued for generations. David A. Lien, co-chairmanColorado Backcountry Hunters & AnglersColorado Springs
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