State funds to mitigate wildlife conflicts

By Colorado Division of Wildlife
January 19, 2011

The Habitat Partnership Program of the Colorado Division of Wildlife is accepting grant applications for projects that reduce wildlife conflicts through large-scale habitat improvements.

An elk takes a look around El Jebel.
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"HPP is a prime example of how the Division of Wildlife works directly with farmers and ranchers to improve habitat conditions for wildlife thus providing frontline assistance to ag producers," said Tom Remington, Director of the Division of Wildlife.

Applications for the Habitat Improvement Grant Program are available on-line at http://wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/PrivateLandProgram/HPP/ or from local DOW offices.

"In the last fiscal year, HPP contributed more than $2 million to reducing wildlife conflict through our State Council and the 19 local committees," explained Pat Tucker, Habitat Partnership Program Coordinator for the Division of Wildlife. "More importantly, HPP leveraged more than $5 million in partner funds to get things done and build partnerships between wildlife and the people who make their living on the land."

The Habitat Partnership Program was established by the Colorado General Assembly and the Colorado Wildlife Commission in 1990 with the goal of creating a partnership with landowners, land managers, sportsmen and the DOW to minimize agricultural landowner conflicts with big game animals. The program is guided by a statewide council but local committees identify, prioritize, fund and implement solutions. HPP receives 5 percent of the DOW revenue from the sale of big game hunting licenses in the areas where the local committees are established.

Typical habitat improvement projects include burning, weed control, water development, fertilization, seeding and mechanical brush treatments. Other types of habitat improvement projects are welcome to apply under the grant program. To leverage other funds with the grant funding, priority will be given to projects proposed by multiple partnering individuals and/or agencies.

Applications for the Habitat Improvement Grant Program must be reviewed by the local HPP committee and submitted to the State Council by April 1. Grants will be awarded by June with project completion required prior to June 30, 2012.

For more information about HPP, the Habitat Improvement Grant Program or to view the program annual report, go to
http://wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/PrivateLandProgram/HPP/.

For more news about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us/news/index.asp?DivisionID=3


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