The Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office provides technical assistance to federal agencies, states and Department of Defense (DOD). Although the majority of projects are within Colorado, the Office has projects within other states and works with the Washington Office of several agencies. Program focus areas include:
National Environmental Policy Act
Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office staff is located at Fort Carson, and works directly with Fort Carson staff to review and implement NEPA actions.
Rangeland and Forestry Management
Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office range and forestry staff is located at Fort Carson, Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site and the U.S. Air Force Academy. In cooperation with Department of Defense employees, we complete rangeland restoration, forestry management, restoration/recovery of native plant species and management/control of noxious weed species on approximately 500,000 acres of (DOD) owned lands.
In cooperation with the DOD, the Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office works to develop and implement integrated natural resources plans that direct wildlife conservation efforts on DOD lands under the Sikes Act. On most DOD lands, planning and management is directed toward native species, with programs including recreational hunting, recovery of listed species and pre-listing recovery of declining native species. Special wildlife projects include: Mexican spotted owl, Preble’s meadow jumping mice, peregrine falcon, mountain plover and swift fox. Through the DOD Legacy Program, facilities for the pre-release training of black-footed ferrets were established at the Pueblo Depot and Warren Air Force Base.
The Office is active with interagency recovery efforts on bull trout at Crater Lake National Park, southern brook trout at Great Smoky National Park and greenback/Colorado River cutthroat trout within Rocky Mountain National Park. In partnership with DOD and Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, refugia for Arkansas darters, southern redbelly dace and other declining non-game aquatic species have been established. In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Fish Hatchery system, hatchery fish are managed for native fish restoration and recreational fishing programs.
To read Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office's March 2013 newsletter click here.
Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
PO Box 25486, DFC
Denver, CO 80225