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S’mass hires biologist Green

Jeremy Heiman

Veteran wildlife biologist Larry Green is the new wildlife specialist for the town of Snowmass Village.

Until Green was hired last week, the town was without a wildlife staffer since the resignation of Dawn Keating in June. Green retired in 1999 from his position as Glenwood Springs district wildlife manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

“We’re very pleased to have Larry on board,” said Craig Thompson, planning director for the town. “He’s very well qualified.” Thompson said Green was selected from about a dozen applicants for the part-time position.

The town was looking for someone capable of wildlife monitoring and management, and who would also be able to educate the public, to some degree, in the need for wildlife policies.

Green earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University. After a short stint with the Bureau of Land Management, he started a 33-year career with the DOW. The last 28 years were spent in the Glenwood Springs district.

Since his retirement, Green hasn’t been able to stop working. Before accepting the Snowmass position, he guided private hunting and fishing trips.

“I like to stay busy,” he said. “I’ve looked at all this stuff as a second career.”

But the pressure won’t be as great.

“It’s not the 60 hours a week I was putting in at DOW,” he said. His job will require about 20 hours weekly.

He’s excited about working for Snowmass Village because the town takes an active role in protecting wildlife and the environment, Green said. “That’s refreshing to me,” he said. He intends to give the town the best possible benefit of his knowledge and experience, he asserted.

Snowmass Village created the wildlife post five years ago because development so often conflicts with wildlife, especially the elk herd which gradually migrates through the area twice annually. Green will make recommendations to the Town Council on development applications which could affect wildlife habitat and migration routes.

Snowmass Village monitors the effect of trail use on wildlife and mandates seasonal trail closures to protect animals. Green will analyze the closures and determine the most effective times for closures.

Thompson said Keating developed the wildlife specialist position pretty much from scratch after she was hired about five years ago.

“I’m certainly very appreciative of all the hard work Dawn Keating did,” Thompson said. “I think she did an outstanding job.”

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