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“States Aim to Boost Safe Passage for Wildlife While Improving Motorist Safety” Pew Charitable Trust blog – Sept 16, 2019

Big-game animals in the American West today are increasingly squeezed by growing suburban areas, energy development, climate change, and an expanding road network—factors that are threatening the landscape connections that wildlife need to move to and from their seasonal feeding and breeding grounds. Sportsmen, biologists, scientists, and local communities are warning that unless policymakers identify and conserve migration corridors, certain wildlife will be at serious risk.

“Finding accommodation among wildlife, growth, and oil and gas leasing” Guest op-ed in Colorado Independent Sept. 12, 2019

Last month, Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order that directs state agencies to prioritize protections for big game migratory corridors and winter ranges. I thank him for this much-needed action. It is sure to prove beneficial to wildlife, to motorists, and to our outdoor recreation economy. It also has important implications for how Colorado moves forward with oil and gas leasing.

“Governor’s order strengthens science and policy for game migration corridors” Guest op-ed in The Daily Sentinel Sept 1, 2019

Colorado’s sportsmen and women owe a big thank you to Gov. Jared Polis for prioritizing one of our state’s most valuable assets — our wildlife. By signing Executive Order 2019-011, the governor has acknowledged that animals like elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, and pronghorn need room to roam as our state continues to grow. The order directs the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation to prioritize management of big game migration corridors and seasonal habitats — informed by the best available science.

“Wildlife, motorists and outdoor recreation economy benefit from executive order” Guest op-ed Boulder Daily Camera Sept 4, 2019

Gov. Jared Polis recently took an important step to ensure that Colorado’s gorgeous landscapes, robust wildlife populations and thriving outdoor recreation economy will continue for generations to come. By issuing an executive order that directs state agencies to work together to protect critical migration corridors, Polis is helping to protect our Colorado outdoor heritage.

“Lawmakers eye protections for Southwest wildlife corridor” E&E August 26, 2019

The landscape is just a slice of an interconnected habitat stretching from central New Mexico to central Colorado. It’s home to migrating elk, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, mountain lions, lynx and black bears, as well as a wide range of bird and fish species.

Managing the checkered corridors of federal, state and private land that wildlife uses to migrate is a complicated endeavor, and the flight over Rio Grande del Norte last week showed just how many people must be involved.

“Protecting Wildlife Migration” Taos News Aug. 29, 2019

Smiling broadly and gesturing overhead, Assistant U.S. House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) told the audience about the flight he’d taken over the Río Grande del Norte National Monument: “I got a bird’s eye view from above and could easily see how all the communities are connected. We’re family.”

It turned out that his opening remarks would set the theme for the third annual Upper Río Grande Wildlife Corridors Summit, which took place Tuesday (Aug. 20), at Sagebrush Inn and Suites in Taos.

Support for Wildlife Corridors – Las Vegas Daily Optic Editorial Board

We were glad to see the San Miguel County Commission show its support for wildlife corridors at last week’s meeting. More so than many other places, this part of the country really cares about protecting wildlife and making sure every animal is safe. By having effective wildlife corridors that connect these populations without fear of human disturbances, all of the animals are more likely to be protected.