DOW Seeks Habitat Partnership Volunteers

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The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is seeking applicants for two vacant landowner positions on the Lower Colorado River Habitat Partnership Program (HPP) committee.

The HPP was authorized by the Colorado State Legislature to help reduce crop, rangeland forage, and fence conflicts between big game animals and livestock. The program's goal is to find and help fund conflict resolution measures by developing partnerships between landowners, land managers, sportsmen, DOW representatives, and members of the general public.

The Lower Colorado River HPP represents interests from Rifle east to Vail Pass, and from Aspen north to the Flat Tops Wilderness. Landowners from Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Aspen, Vail, Eagle, and surrounding areas are eligible and encouraged to apply.

HPP committees are allocated five percent of the big game license revenues in their area to assist in accomplishing committee goals. In the past three years, the Lower Colorado River HPP has allocated more than $400,000 to projects. Major projects include water developments, fence repair and construction, weed control and habitat improvement projects. The Committee generally meets 6-8 times per year to discuss proposals.

For more information, contact the DOW Glenwood Springs office at (970) 947-2920. Landowners interested in serving on the committee should submit a letter of interest by 5 p.m. July 22 to Pat Tucker, DOW Area Wildlife Manager, 50633 Highway 6 & 24, Glenwood Springs, 81601.