Mission: BCA is dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places in Wyoming and surrounding states, particularly on public lands. Wyoming has some of the healthiest ecosystems in the lower 48, but they are under intense attack by industrialization. BCA is dedicated to conserving our region’s rich natural heritage by calling attention to abuses of the land, empowering the public to get involved, and pressuring government agencies to protect land, wildlife, fish and plants. BCA works to protect imperiled native species and clean water and air for the benefit of wildlife and the public for generations to come.
Results: Top Ten On-the-Ground Successes in 20 Years:
1. Protected Rock Creek Roadless Area on the Medicine Bow National Forest from the huge Threemile Timber Sale (15,000 acres).
2. Protected all roadless areas from commercial timber sales, secured five new “Research Natural Areas” totaling 15,480 acres, and achieved the first official Wilderness recommendation in Wyoming in nineteen years for Rock Creek (18,859 acres) through our Keep the Medicine Bow Wild Campaign.
3. Protected Duck Creek Roadless Area (12,330 acres) on Thunder Basin National Grassland from habitat destruction by oil and gas development.
4. Won $60,000 through successful lawsuit settlements to fund additional black-footed ferret restoration in Shirley Basin (85 ferrets) and Thunder Basin National Grassland (reintroduction imminent).
5. Saved the Miracle Mile blue-ribbon trout fishing area, North Platte River and Seminoe Reservoir water quality from the waste water from 1,240 coalbed methane wells and helped create stringent new state regulations for wastewater deposition in high class waterways.
6. Gained protection for four new Research Natural Areas of high biological value in the Black Hills National Forest totaling more than 2,200 acres and increasing the protected acreage in the Black Hills by more than 20% through our Black Hills Protection and Restoration Campaign.
7. Protected 5,000 acres of the Sand Creek Roadless Area of the Black Hills from the Cement Timber Sale and placer mining.
8. Directed public attention to Adobe Town (the crown jewel of Wyoming’s desert wilderness) and achieved “Very Rare or Uncommon” status through the state Environmental Quality Council, protecting the entire 180,000 acres from uranium and oil shale mining.
9. Protected the spectacular East Fork of the Encampment River Roadless Area (7,429 acres), including the Coon Creek area old-growth forest from clearcutting and several huge industrial logging projects.
10. Reduced the amount of trees cut on the Medicine Bow National Forest from an unsustainable 28 million board feet per year to 4-5 million board feet per year, a level estimated by the Forest Service to be sustainable, from 1998 to 2008.
Target demographics: Sensitive native species of Wyoming and their habitats.
Geographic areas served: Wyoming and surrounding states.
I've rarely seen a more hardworking, knowledgeable, talented, and dedicated group of people in a non profit before. The history of BCA set the stage for the highly educated group that would follow the efforts of Lela Bruno when the group was called Friends of the Bow in stopping the ragged clear cutting of the Medicine Bow National Forest. Now they tackle education, leadership, litigation, organization, and fund raising in order to protect habitats, clean up tainted water from Coal Bed Methane production, and dedicate rare areas like Adobe Town, protecting the area from drilling and other destruction. We can also thank them for the reintroduction of the Black Footed Ferret and protecting the pocket gopher. This is a hard time for non profits, and we need to be certain that they remain in their habitat too!
BCA HAS IMPRESSED ME CONSISTANTLY OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. THEY ARE REMARKABLY EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE. THEY ARE VERY DESERVING OF INCREASED FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND ARE SUCH GOD STEWARDS ON HOW IT IS USED.
BCA is an outstanding conservation organization with a dedicated staff and ambitious but effective goals. I only wish that BCA would team up with some of the fledgling conservation organizations in Idaho such as "Friends of the Clearwater." It would give BCA a broader base and would serve to strengthen the others.