San Miguel River Protections
Adding protections for the San Miguel SMA provides an opportunity to energize the sportsmen community around passage of the San Juan Wilderness Act.
Including the river corridor and major tributaries (primarily BLM) from downstream of Telluride to the country line would include over 25 miles of stream.
The San Miguel is facing increasing threats from increased use (recreational and development) as well placer/recreational mining.
Colorado River cutthroat trout conservation populations are found in Elk, Horsefly, Red Canyon, Goat and Deep Creeks.
Important wildlife habitats for Elk, Mule Deer, Rock Mountain Bighorn Sheep, and Desert Big Horn Sheep are found within the proposed SMA.
Naturita Canyon, Deep Canyon, and the San Miguel River corridor are important migration pathways between high and low elevations and habitats.