Colorado Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Receives "Partner of the Year" Award from Colorado Ducks Unlimited
For Immediate Release
July 19, 2013
The Colorado Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) program recently received the "Partner of the Year" award from Colorado Ducks Unlimited (DU) at an event held in downtown Denver. Along with recognizing the cumulative accomplishments of the program, Bill Noonan, Colorado PFW State Coordinator was acknowledged for his significant role in supporting on-the-ground delivery of habitat and administering critical financial resources. Greg Kernohan, DU Manager of Conservation Programs & Environmental Water Markets, had this to say, "This award recognizes the tremendous commitment that PFW has made and is continuing to make to address the State’s wetland and waterfowl issues".
PFW is a voluntary private lands restoration and enhancement program that provides technical and financial assistance to landowners for the benefit of Federal trust species. Since inception in the late 1980’s, Colorado PFW has worked with over 1,000 landowners positively impacting 31,000 acres of wetlands, 300 miles of river, and 115,000 upland acres. These achievements would not have been possible without the strong alliances forged with DU and its broad network of partners.
Colorado is biologically diverse and supports habitat for breeding, migrating, and wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. Both DU and Colorado PFW have found alignment in their shared mission and efforts to conserve wetland resources in the face of tremendous landscape level pressures. Competing interests in limited Western water supplies, rapidly growing population, and habitat conversion are just a few of the major challenges. Finding common sense solutions to these complex ecological problems has been a trademark for both organizations.
Strong collaboration between the groups can found throughout Colorado, but it is particularly evident in the San Luis Valley (SLV) and along the Lower South Platte (LSP) River. The SLV boasts some of the highest density waterfowl nesting and success rates in the entire Nation and both groups have delivered restoration and enhancement projects in the area. Additionally, DU has secured voluntary conservation easements with private landowners in the SLV to permanently protect key parcels of property vital for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species. The enrollment of these easement sites strengthens the connectivity between protected private lands and fee-title lands held by the National Wildlife Refuge system. Along the LSP River, the groups are working hand-in-hand with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and many other partners to balance the complicated needs of wildlife and people.
Colorado PFW and DU seek ways to strengthen their relationship and look forward to continued success by targeting science-based resource activities in high-priority areas.