David Lien

David Lien

David Lien of Colorado Springs is a former Air Force officer and co-chairman of the Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. He’s the author of “Hunting for Experience: Tales of Hunting & Habitat Conservation” and during 2014 was recognized by Field & Stream as a “Hero of Conservation.”


Hunting ethically is good, hard work

By: - April 26, 2023

Colorado’s spring turkey hunting season started recently (on April 8), and I was able to spend some time chasing toms in southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. While hunting mountain Merriam’s turkeys, Rocky Mountain elk or any other wild game in the San Juans, I generally endeavor to meet up with Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers founder […]


Invest in the future of America’s great wildlife legacy

By: - August 30, 2022

Congress is on the verge of passing a bipartisan bill called the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which would transform conservation funding by sending an additional $1.4 billion a year to state and tribal wildlife-habitat conservation programs to shore up the 12,000 mostly non-game species that states have already identified as being at risk. First introduced […]


Final steps for crucial preservation of over 400,000 acres in Colorado

By: - July 27, 2022

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act includes four measures — the Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness, and Camp Hale Legacy Act; the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act; the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act; and the Curecanti National Recreation Area Boundary Establishment Act — that will protect over 400,000 acres in Colorado through new wilderness, […]


Ukraine is another black swan

By: - April 18, 2022

A “black swan” is a highly improbable event that is generally unpredictable and carries an outsized impact. Black swans require us to rethink old assumptions. In other words, the rules that applied before the black swan may no longer apply afterward. After enduring the COVID-19 black swan for some two years we were thrust into […]


Preserve Camp Hale and other public lands for future generations

By: - September 24, 2021

During a recent visit to the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, I learned that by the end of World War II in 1945 the U.S. had 89 Army divisions deployed overseas, including 68 in Europe: 47 infantry, 16 armored, four airborne and one mountain — the 10th Mountain Division. […]