The Big Dry Arm Spring Storm in the Great Basin Red Cliffs Desert Tortoise Reserve March Morning on the Platte River After a Spring Storm in the Great Basin Hunting Upland Birds at Kingsbury Lake Waterfowl Production Area Sandhill Migration on the Platte River Badlands Sunrise The Green River at Ouray NWR North Park Lupines Moab Sunset
PFW - Colorado
Mountain-Prairie Region
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Partners for Fish & Wildlife - Colorado

 

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  • White-faced ibis foraging. Credit: USFWS.

    White-faced ibis foraging. Credit: USFWS.

  • White-faced ibis foraging. Credit: USFWS.

    Colorado PFW program Focus Areas. Credit: USFWS.

  • Pelicans on restoration. Credit: USFWS.

    Pelicans on restoration. Credit: USFWS.

  • Little Snake River project. Credit: USFWS.

    Little Snake River project. Credit: USFWS.

  • Colorado SLV riparian project. Credit: USFWS.

    Colorado SLV riparian project. Credit: USFWS.

  • Restored Playa Basin, Colorado. Credit: USFWS.

    Restored Playa Basin, Colorado. Credit: USFWS.

  • Restored Playa Basin, Colorado. Credit: USFWS.

    Restored Playa Basin, Colorado. Credit: USFWS.

  • Colorado RAW students. Credit: USFWS.

    Colorado RAW students. Credit: USFWS.

  • Migrating waterfowl on restored wetland. Credit: USFWS.

    Migrating waterfowl on restored wetland. Credit: USFWS.

The Colorado Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program began in 1988 and has evolved into a truly statewide cooperative effort. Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW), CPW Wetland Wildlife Conservation Program, Great Outdoors Colorado (lottery proceeds), Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Conservation Service, local Water and Soil Conservation Districts, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and approximately 1,400 landowners have combined to restore and protect wetland, upland, and riparian habitat.


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Priorities | Goals | Technical Assistance | Wetland Projects


Priorities

E-Channel construction, Colorado. Credit: USFWS

E-Channel construction, Colorado. Credit: USFWS.

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Colorado Partners for Fish and Wildlife sets project priorities based upon three principal factors:

  1. Federal trust species interests

  2. The goals of the Fish and Wildlife Service and our conservation partners

  3. Potential to restore and/or enhance priority habitats on private lands throughout Colorado


Goals

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Long term goals for the Colorado Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program include:

  • Working with private landowners and conservation partners to prevent the need for further listing of species as endangered or threatened due to habitat loss
  • Restoring and enhancing upland, wetland, and riparian/stream habitats throughout Colorado
  • Contributing to conservation on a landscape scale

The potential for success is best measured not in acres or miles, but in the willingness of Colorado's landowners to participate in voluntary, targeted wildlife conservation. Given the significant landscape changes which have occurred and will continue to occur in Colorado, success will need to be measured in the continued viability of Colorado's biodiversity.


Financial and Technical Assistance

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Colorado Partners for Fish and Wildlife provides financial and technical assistance on a variety of issues:

  • Upland, wetland, and riparian/stream restoration and enhancement
  • Fish and wildlife habitat
  • Soil and water quality improvement
  • Grazing plans to benefit livestock and wildlife
  • Invasive species control
  • Native plant restoration
  • Habitat management


Wetland Projects

Waterfowl in flight. Credit: USFWS.

Waterfowl in flight. Credit: USFWS.

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Wetland projects in Colorado are primarily restoration activities involving the use of contour terraces and water control to restore wet meadow vegetation. Seasonal and temporary water regimes predominate, providing nesting, foraging and migration habitat for resident and migratory species. Fencing and grazing management are often a part of our projects, particularly in the San Luis Valley where residual cover for nesting is often a principal goal.

Upland restoration and enhancement projects have centered on the habitat needs of the lesser prairie chicken and Gunnison sage grouse. In both cases, grazing management, re-vegetation, fencing, and alternate livestock water sources are the common techniques.

Fencing has been the most common riparian restoration and enhancement technique. The Colorado Partners Program has participated in re-vegetation efforts on occasion, but they are usually associated with projects where an immediate vegetative response is required. Stream restoration training is being acquired by Colorado Partners staff , and we hope to do more in-channel work in the future. It is expected that riparian restoration will be a major component of these projects.


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Restored Playa Basin, Colorado. Credit: USFWS.

Restored Playa Basin, Colorado. Credit: USFWS.

Colorado PFW Program Annual Narrative, FY 2017 »

FY 2017 Accomplishments

Wetlands: 2,633 acres
Uplands: 3,304 acres

FY 1988-2017 Cumulative Accomplishments

Wetlands: 38,975 acres
Riparian/In-Stream: 384 stream miles
Uplands: 170,670 acres

The Colorado Partners for Fish and Wildlife program has completed approximately 1,400 projects with private landowners throughout the state.


Colorado PFW Strategic Plan »


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Acting State Coordinator

Dominic Barrett
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
134 Union Blvd, Suite 400
Lakewood, CO 80228
(303) 236-4341

Private Lands Biologists

Bob Timberman
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
327 North 7th Street, Suite 3
Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 846-5139
bob_timberman@fws.gov

Brandon Miller
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
307 N Main Street, Suite 2C
Gunnison, CO 81230
(970) 615-0119
brandon_miller@fws.gov

 

 

 

 





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Sterling, CO 80751

 

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.
Last modified: July 10, 2018
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