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Habitat Manipulation for Land Health and Wildlife Management

August 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Courtesy: CPW

Is there a way to lure the deer away from our city streets and yards? For over ten years Colorado Parks and Wildlife, other state and federal agencies, private landowners and wildlife conservation groups have been involved in a cooperative, multi-phase habitat enhancement endeavor, the Large-scale Habitat Enhancement Project. This collaborative project is an ongoing large-scale habitat enhancement endeavor in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. The goal of the project is to improve overall land health, enhance habitat for wildlife species, re-distribute big game on a large scale, reduce conflicts with wildlife and reduce fuels/risk of catastrophic fire. To date, over 2,000 acres have been treated, two water sources have been created and two springs have been rehabilitated in the Upper Arkansas River Valley.

District Wildlife Manager Kim Woodruff will lead a GARNA outing to learn and see how the program is the designed to improve and enhance the health of the land and local wildlife through the skillful manipulation and management of the area’s vegetation. Kim will provide an overview and discussion of the program followed by a visit to several of the treatment sites that CPW has established. Participants will have an opportunity to view hand-thinning and hydro-axe treatments firsthand.


Hydroaxe, courtesy: CPW

These projects have involved many partners which include three state agencies, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, State Land Board and Colorado Department of Corrections and two federal agencies, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service. Also involved are the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Mule Deer Federation, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Society, Habitat Partnership Program, National Wild Turkey Federation and many other groups and private organizations and land owners. Because of these partners, CPW has been able to complete over $700,000 in actual on the ground work and has been featured in Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Colorado Outdoors magazine, the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep’s periodical and the Mountain Mail.

The group will meet in Howard and then carpool to different treatment sites. Additional information will be provided to those who register. The cost of the program is $5 for GARNA members, $7 for non-members. Online registration is available below via our secure, pay pal site. Please note: you do not need a pay pal account, only a credit card. Fees support coordination and promotion of GARNA programs.


Member or Non member


August 30, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Many GARNA programs require a liability release form be filled out each calendar year.

Your registration is secured upon receipt of payment. If you prefer not to register online (recommended), you may mail a check, made out to “GARNA” to the address below. Please include a note with the program you are registering for.

PO Box 1522
Salida CO 81201

Cancellation policy:

If we are notified of your need to cancel within 24 hours of program date, your program fee will be refunded except for a $3.00 administrative fee. If minimum enrollment has not been met by program date, programs will be cancelled 2 days prior to the date and we will refund the full amount.