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Wildlife study completed successfully

Dear Editor:

At the October general meeting of the Crystal River Caucus the Wildlife Task Force was applauded for the completion of a commissioned wildlife study. The resulting report was the culmination of a two-year effort by the volunteer task force and consultants to evaluate and identify critical wildlife habitat within the Pitkin County portion of the Crystal River Valley.

Six natural heritage areas of the valley were assessed and ranked by the study. Five of the areas were determined to contain areas of critical wildlife habitat. Six miles of relatively intact habitat were identified within the natural heritage areas of Filoha Meadows, Avalanche Creek/Janeway and Red Wind Point/Nettle Creek. Sections one through seven of the report were adopted by the Crystal Caucus for their consideration in responding to appropriate future open space management and development plans.

The Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners commended the caucus for the report at a presentation made to them in September. The report was peer reviewed by members of the scientific community. The Crystal Caucus extends their gratitude to the following volunteer task-force members and associated consultants: John Seidel, former CDOW wildlife supervisor; Bob Kelley, CMC biologist, USFS biodiversity committee; Eric Peterson, former USFS biologist and private consultant; Bob McGill, former CMC Adm. and wildlife photography; Jim Lester, former aeronautical engineer; Dr. Dave Clark, plant identification; Delia Malone, environmental science; John Groves, CDOW district wildlife manager; and Dr. John Emerick, Roaring Fork Stram Health Initiative.

A copy of the report can be obtained by downloading it from the Crystal Caucus link on the Pitkin County website or by contacting William Hanks at 963-2011.

William Hanks

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