Outside briefs, July 2, 2016

Outdoor First Aid

workshop planned

for area hunters

With the big game hunting seasons approaching, hunters need to make sure they have the proper gear, firearm and knowledge about the hunting areas.

One critical skill all hunters should learn is what to do in case of a medical emergency while in the backcountry.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host an Outdoor First Aid 101 workshop in July 27 at the CPW Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction, beginning at
6 p.m.

The free seminar is taught by Ron Bear, a 30-year veteran of the Los Angeles County paramedics and U.S. Air Force paramedic rescue team.

“Each year, a few hunters end up in life-threatening situations due to injuries or illness,” said Northwest Deputy Regional Manager Dean Riggs. “Many of these people survived because they, or someone with them, had wisely taken the time to learn basic first aid before they went into the field.”

Space is limited. To reserve your spot, go to http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/84889.

In addition to learning how to treat wounds, hypothermia, broken bones and other conditions, Bear will discuss the liability concerns of treating an injured person.

 

Plan to manage

conservation area

released by BLM

 

The Bureau of Land Management released a plan guiding management in the 210,000-acre Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, including the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness.

The plan provides long-term management goals for the area’s cultural and historic sites along with ecological, geological and paleontological resources spanning 600 million years. The NCA, which is located in Delta, Montrose and Mesa counties south of Grand Junction, provides hiking, horseback riding and wilderness recreation opportunities. Approximately 137,000 recreational visitors contribute $2.1 million to the surrounding communities annually.

Representatives from the local communities contributed time and resources toward developing the Proposed Resource Management Plan. In addition to public comments and participation in meetings during both the scoping and draft stages of the plan, the Dominguez-Escalante Advisory Council met with the BLM and the public 35 times to delve into how to best manage this area for its special resources.

The Proposed RMP is based largely on the Preferred Alternative in the Draft RMP and Environmental Impact Statement released for public comment in 2013. The BLM finalized the plan with the help of public comments as well as close coordination with Cooperating Agencies and the advisory council. 

Under the Proposed RMP, seven areas would be managed as Recreation Management Areas where specific activities such as motorized and non-motorized trail use, camping, big game hunting, canoeing and auto-touring would be protected.

The Proposed RMP/Final EIS is currently out for a 30-day public protest period and 60-day Governor’s consistency review. The Proposed RMP documents can be found online at http://1.usa.gov/1qKkMVi.


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