Limited license: Number of hunting tags for certain animals to be set
You’ll have a better idea of your chances to draw a limited license after the Colorado Wildlife Commission sets those numbers for black bear, deer, elk, pronghorn and moose at the commission’s meeting Thursday in Glenwood Springs.
The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn, 124 W. 6th Street.
Several units, including those on Grand Mesa, are expected to see some changes in the number of either-sex and specific-sex elk licenses.
As of this writing, nothing has been decided but there’s talk that fewer either-sex elk tags and more bull and cow licenses will be available for game units on Grand Mesa.
Those changes and final numbers will be determined during the commission meeting.
The commission also will consider some modifications in the Landowner Pilot Program for game management unit 1 in northwest Colorado.
Some of the proposed changes include allowing landowner voucher licenses to be valid throughout the GMU rather than only on the landowner’s property and allowing public antlerless elk hunters access to private land enrolled in the program during the second, third and fourth elk season.
There also will be consideration of establishing a new public late-season antlerless hunt in that unit.
The commission also is expected to approve some changes in the regulations associated with nonresident falconers’ take of live raptors, as per U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations.
Persons unable to attend the commission may listen to the proceedings on live audio. Information is available at wildlife.state.co.us, then click on “wildlife commission.”
CTU gets grant for Roan Plateau stream work: Colorado Trout Unlimited has been awarded a $5,000 Embrace-A-Stream grant to help continue 15 years of conservation work involving cutthroat trout on the Roan Plateau.
The award from national Trout Unlimited will help CTU and local chapters to further a program focusing on improving cutthroat trout habitat in the Trapper Creek and Northwater Creek drainages, both of which support conservation populations of Colorado River cutthroat trout.
The project, which, along with local TU chapters will include the Center for Native Ecosystems and two church congregations from Denver, aims to improve pool habitat along Trapper Creek, complete fencing that protects riparian areas along Northwater Creek and plant native willows to help re-establish riparian plant communities along both streams.
The Embrace-A-Stream program is the flagship grant mechanism for funding TU grassroots conservation efforts. This year, the program will provide more than $125,000 to 24 projects in 15 states.
Projects will address stream habitat restoration, improving fish passage and protecting water quality.
According to TU, since the program’s inception in 1976, Embrace-A-Stream has funded more than 950 individual projects totaling approximately $4 million. The funding from Embrace-A-Stream has allowed the various projects to leverage more than $12.7 million in additional funding.
Comment deadline extended for Black Canyon backcountry plan: A wilderness and backcountry management plan for the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area is in its nascent stages and park managers are seeking public input.
“The plan will explore and address many issues,” Park Superintendent Connie Rudd said. “It should provide park managers with a tool to evaluate existing conditions and define desired future conditions consistent with park purposes.”
Rudd said public comment and involvement is key when planners begin identifying issues and providing strategies to address those issues.
The public scoping brochure is available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/blca.
The comment period has been extended through May 31.
And lastly, you know it’s really spring when the Bureau of Reclamation opens the road to the East Portal and the Gunnison River.
The East Portal road can be reached through the South Rim entrance of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The road twists its way to the Gunnison River a few miles below Crystal Dam where the East Portal of the Gunnison Tunnel is located.
A day-use fee or annual parks pass is required to enter the park.