03-24-17 CPW aids eastern plains landowner after fire

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CPW aids eastern plains landowner after fire

DENVER–Earlier this week, Colorado Parks & Wildlife provided support to an eastern plains neighbor who experienced damage due to the Haxtun Fire by donating approximately 66 bales of hay to help the family feed their livestock in the coming months.

“As neighbors and land managers as well, we recognize that wildfires like the recent Haxtun, Logan and Sandhill fires can have a devastating impact,” said Todd Schmidt, Area Wildlife Manager for Brush (Area 3). “We realized we have hay bales stored that could really help the community during this difficult time and now we got to work in getting those resources moved down where they are most needed.”

Ranchers and farmers affected by the Haxtun fire are in need of hay, as their pastures and stack yards were destroyed. When considering how CPW could be of help, it was noted that the agency has about  75 round bales in South Park (Area 1) which were donated and distributed through the Northeast Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

The hay bales are large, round, grass, hay bales, weighing about 800-1,200 lbs. a piece. 22 thousand-pound bales were collected from Tarryall Reservoir State Wildlife Area and 25 800-pound bales from the Cline Ranch State Wildlife Area, both in South Park. CPW organized the use of a semi (20-30 bales per trip) and many pick-ups (5-8 per trip) with goose-neck trailers to bring the bales down. The effort took most of the day on Tuesday, March 21, and the wildlife officers, technicians, and hatchery staff were aided by a South Park neighbor as well!

“Colorado Parks and Wildlife cares about our eastern plains landowners who provide our food sources and critical wildlife habitat that benefits all Coloradans,” said Bob Broscheid, Director of CPW. “Our native grasslands are critical to the health of our wildlife as well as our citizens and we are pleased we can help repair the landscape with hay mown from this very same landscape.”

For more information on how CPW partners with private lands, visit:http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/PrivateLand.aspx.

CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.