Colorado wildlife agency promotes habitat program |

Colorado wildlife agency promotes habitat program

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – The Colorado Division of Wildlife is accepting proposals from landowners and groups interested in preserving habitat for wildlife through conservation easements and other programs.

The deadline is June 30.

The agency is looking for habitat considered critical to wildlife. Habitat loss is a primary cause of the decline of many species.

Funding comes from several sources, including the state wildlife habitat stamp. Hunters and anglers pay an extra $5 per license for the stamp. The price will increase to $10 in 2011.

People who don’t hunt and fish can still buy the stamp but no longer need one to enter state wildlife areas. Purchase of a stamp helps cover search and rescue costs.

Division of Wildlife spokesman Joe Lewandowski said Friday the stamp program has raised about $10 million since it was started in 2006. He said another $30 million was raised for wildlife habitat through partnerships with landowners, open-space agencies and conservation groups.

“We’ve been able to secure 66,000 acres of property for wildlife habitat conservation,” Lewandowski said.

The agency’s habitat priorities include winter range and migration corridors for big game, hunting and fishing access and habitat for species that are threatened, endangered or declining.

Conservation easements offer landowners incentives to not develop their property.

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