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WETLANDS PROGRAM AWARDS $700,000 IN GRANTS FOR 2013
10/18/2013
Credit:
CPW press release
DENVER - Colorado Parks and Wildlife has selected 18 wetland and
riparian restoration projects that will share in $700,000 in grants for
the 2013 Wetlands Program grant cycle.

Approved grant applications include a project to enhance the Shields Pit
in Fort Collins to make it suitable for native fish introduction, water
and infrastructure development for wetlands around Prewitt Reservoir,
stream bank restoration along the Carpenter Ranch section of the Yampa
River, and the removal of invasive tamarisk trees on Brown's Park
National Wildlife Refuge. The selected projects encompass 1,225 acres
around the state.

"Wetland and riparian habitats cover only about two percent of the land
in Colorado, but provide benefits to the majority of the wildlife
species in the state," said Brian Sullivan, Wetlands Program Coordinator
for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "The value of these habitats can't be
overstated. Clearly, conservation of wetland and riparian habitat is key
to conserving wildlife diversity in Colorado."

The species that will benefit from the projects funded during the 2013
cycle include eight priority waterfowl species and 15 priority non-game
species. Those species include the bald eagle, northern leopard frog,
American bittern, sandhill crane, piping plover, least tern, New Mexico
meadow jumping mouse, river otter and brassy minnow.

The funded projects will receive a share of $700,000 that was available
this grant cycle. Funds for the Wetlands Program come from
lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and sales of the Colorado
waterfowl stamp.

"GOCO shares the commitment to wetland preservation and restoration and
has been contributing to these efforts since 1997," said Lise
Aangeenbrug, GOCO Executive Director.

The Colorado waterfowl stamp program is designed to conserve wetlands
for waterfowl and other wildlife. Hunters age 16 and older are required
to purchase a $5 stamp validation to hunt waterfowl in Colorado.

Sixteen funding partners will contribute an additional $834,205 for
these projects. Funding partners include private landowners, city,
county, state and federal governments, and nonprofits such as Ducks
Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, and the Rocky Mountain Bird
Observatory.

"These projects will improve wildlife habitats by restoring areas for
native fish introduction, removing invasive species and improve public
hunting opportunities for waterfowl," said Steve Yamashita, acting
director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The complete list of 2013 wetland and riparian restoration projects can
be found online at the Wetlands Project Funding webpage
<http://wildlife.state.co.us/LANDWATER/WETLANDSPROGRAM/PROJECTFUNDING/Pa
ges/WetlandsProjectFunding.aspx> .

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state
wildlife areas, all of Colorado's wildlife, and a variety of outdoor
recreation. For more information go to cpw.state.co.us
<http://cpw.state.co.us/> .



For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:
http://wildlife.state.co.us.