CO: Battlement Mesa Habitat Improvements Announced

BATTLEMENT MESA HABITAT IMPROVEMENTS ANNOUNCED

BATTLEMENT MESA, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the
Colorado Mule Deer Association are launching a new cooperative
project aimed at improving mule deer and elk habitat near Parachute
and Debeque.

The Battlement Mesa Habitat Restoration Initiative will be
focusing on habitat improvements in Game Management Unit 42. Other
partners in the cooperative effort include the Bureau of Land
Management, private landowners and oil and gas exploration
companies including Williams, EnCana, Antero and Noble.

To learn more about the project, the public is invited to attend
a presentation and free BBQ lunch to be held at the Battlement Mesa
Activity Center Monday, August 22 at 11:30 a.m. In addition to the
presentation, the public will have the opportunity to see for
themselves the current conditions in the area that will be
improved.

“The habitat in this area right now is very poor for deer and
elk,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area Wildlife Manager JT
Romatzke. “Just like the current habitat project taking place in
Molina, we expect a significant improvement in habitat quality for
big game when we’re done. That will help herds in this area make a
comeback and make for better hunting as well.”

Research by Colorado Parks and Wildlife has shown that
landscape-scale habitat improvements can be effective in
stabilizing and increasing wildlife populations especially in areas
where wildlife is pressured by multiple stressors, such as
development, severe winters, increased traffic and predation.

Project treatments will include mechanical removal of
pinion-juniper woodlands that have displaced sagebrush and other
natural forage for deer and elk. After the mechanical clearing,
project managers will improve creeks and ponds that provide water
to wildlife, and will seed the area with grass and forbs to provide
natural forage.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Mule Deer
Association, with funding and other resources donated by project
partners, will direct the work.

“Without the cooperation and funds from a variety of sources it
would be very difficult to get this done,” said Romatzke. “For this
project, we have money from sportsmen’s groups, our own Habitat
Partnership Program that is funded entirely from hunting licenses,
private landowners, oil and gas companies, development companies,
all contributing to make this important project possible.”

For more information about mule deer habitat improvements, go
to:
http://wildlife.state.co.us/Research/Mammal/Deer/Pages/Deer.aspx

Who: Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Colorado Mule Deer
Association

What: Battlement Mesa Habitat Restoration Initiative
Presentation

When: Monday, August 22, 11:30 a.m.

Where: Battlement Mesa Activity Center, 398 Arroyo Drive
Parachute, CO

Contact: JT Romatzke at 970.250.4507, or Denny Behrens at
970.261.2513

 

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