Sen. Salazar introduces new Browns Canyon wilderness bill
DENVER – Colorado conservation, hunting and angling groups are hailing a proposal to set aside about 20,000 acres of federal land in Chaffee County as wilderness.The bill by Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar would create the Browns Canyon wilderness area near the Arkansas River.A similar bill in 2006 by Colorado Sen. Wayne Allard and former Colorado Congressman Joel Hefley failed after the National Rifle Association opposed it.Browns Canyon covers both U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management land. The wildlife in the area includes bighorn sheep, deer, elk, mountain lions, black bears, bobcats, golden eagles and prairie falcons.
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