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WE NEED A BROWNS CANYON NATIONAL MONUMENT

Browns Canyon, located along the upper Arkansas River in Colorado, is known for premier trout fishing, outstanding big game habitat, world-famous whitewater, rugged and remote wildlands, and a proud cattle ranching tradition. This diversity supports thousands of jobs, from river outfitters and guides to ranchers in the nearby communities of Salida and Buena Vista. Protecting this 22,000 acre gem along the Arkansas River as a National Monument is a community-driven effort to preserve this unique natural and economic resource for generations to come.

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IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

It’s Time To Act Now. Here Are Four Reasons To Support Designating Browns Canyon As A National Monument.

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1. Critical to Fish & Game

The terrain, access to water, and undeveloped nature of the canyon make it prime big game habitat for elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep and for predators such as black bear and mountain lions and a favorite destination for hunters. Add a legendary fishery with the Arkansas River— recently designated gold-medal status–and it’s clear why sportsmen and women want to protect Browns Canyon for future generations.

2. Mining & Development Threats

Recent filings of mining claims in the area could threaten the Browns Canyon’s gold-medal fishery and other wildlife. With a National Monument designation, we could protect it from irresponsible development.

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3. Help Boost Local Economies

National Monument designations across the country have resulted in new businesses, jobs, and increased economic activity for surrounding communities.

4. Current Uses Are Maintained

National Monument designation would prohibit future mining claims while securing access for traditional uses like hunting, fishing, white-water rafting, wood gathering, grazing, hiking, mountain biking, off-highway vehicles and horseback riding.

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WHAT IS A MONUMENT?

A National Monument is a flexible designation that ensures that the fishing and hunting values of an area are protected in perpetuity. Monuments protect public land from reckless, large-scale development and resource extraction (e.g., mining) that harm sporting opportunity. They also secure public access to some of the best remaining fishing holes and hunting grounds on public land. Each monument is unique, and is designed to match the values and needs of sportsmen and women, local communities and other recreational users.

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