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Grants available for large-scale habitat projects

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Habitat Partnership Program is now accepting applications from any agency, entity, organization or individual interested in receiving financial assistance for large-scale habitat improvements projects.

The Colorado General Assembly and the Colorado Wildlife Commission established the Habitat Partnership Program in 1990 as a creative way to reduce conflicts between wildlife and agricultural operators by facilitating and encouraging cooperation between landowners, land managers, sportsmen and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

HPP is offering up to $500,000 for this grant opportunity with $100,000 being the minimum awarded for large-scale habitat improvements including shrub/tree cutting, water developments, weed control and reseeding. When completed, the projects will reduce conflicts and improve habitat and range conditions.

“This program works,” said Pat Tucker, HPP coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Through HPP, we can see how a successful, working partnership between our agency and other stakeholders improves communication and effectively reduces game damage claims and conflicts.”

The HPP State Council will evaluate each application using various criteria, including the size and scale of treatments and the type of improvements proposed. One critical component the council will use to evaluate applicants is the extent of the recipient’s partnerships that can be used to leverage limited funds and increase total project accomplishments.

Anyone interested should submit an application by Feb. 1, 2013. Applications should number 12 copies and include all pertinent information necessary for the State Council to understand the project.

Work on approved projects can begin July 1, 2013, and must be completed by June 30, 2014. Extensions will not be granted.

For additional details and to print the application, visit http://wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/PrivateLandProgram/HPP/Pages/HPP.aspx.

For more information, contact Pat Tucker, HPP State Coordinator, at (970) 255-6188 or at pat.tucker@state.co.us.

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