Private Land Programs of Colorado DNR Bob Randall DNR Deputy Executive Director Land Report Summit Aspen, Colorado October 16-17, 2015

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1 Private Land Programs of Colorado DNR Bob Randall DNR Deputy Executive Director 2015 Land Report Summit Aspen, Colorado October 16-17, 2015

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6 Major DNR Programs for Landowners Colorado Parks and Wildlife Habitat Protection Program Habitat Partnership Program Landowner Preference Program Game Damage Program Landowner Recognition Program Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 1200-Series Rules Colorado Habitat Exchange

7 Habitat Protection Program Statewide program that offers funding opportunities for private landowners wishing to voluntarily protect important wildlife habitat or wildlife-related recreational access. Voluntary, Incentive-Based Program CPW Purchases Habitat Protection Conservation Easements Access Easements Fee Title Purchases Major Funding Sources Habitat Stamp Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)

8 Habitat Partnership Program Develops partnerships among landowners, land managers, sportsmen, the public to reduce wildlife conflict especially conflict associated with forage and fencing Funded by 5% of big game license sales in the state $2,126,792 in FY 2014 Allocation Overseen by State Council and implemented by 19 local HPP committees 150 volunteers representing livestock growers, sportsmen, federal land managers, and CPW staff Focused on conflicts caused by deer, elk, pronghorn, and moose to agricultural operators

9 Landowner Preference Program Gives landowners a preference for hunting licenses to encourage them to provide wildlife habitat, discourage harboring of game animals on private land, and relieve hunting pressures on public lands. Voluntary, Incentive-Based Program Qualifications Minimum of 160 contiguous acres of private ag land Land must be inhabited by the species being applied for Demonstrate history of game damage or huntable population Landowner Vouchers Landowner gets marketable voucher that can be transferred to an individual for a CPW license

10 Game Damage Program Prevention and reimbursement program that compensates ranchers, farmers, and landowners for damage caused by big game animals. Offers immediate temporary or permanent relief Eligibility Damage to crops, orchards, nursery, or livestock Damage by elk, mule or whitetail deer, pronghorn antelope, black bear, mountain lion, bighorn sheep, moose Hunting on property is not unreasonably restricted, public land access not restricted, and hunting rights are not leased

11 Landowner Recognition Program Recognizes outstanding contributions made by private landowners in providing habitat or public access to Colorado s wildlife on private lands. Purposes Recognizes contributions to wildlife, habitat, and sportsmen Promotes creation and improvement of habitat by acknowledging efforts of landowners Creates opportunity for landowners to share info about innovative land and wildlife stewardship techniques Promotes understanding and appreciation of the rural land ethic

12 Oil and Gas 1200-Series Rules In Colorado, it is in the public interest to manage oil and gas operations in a manner that balances development with wildlife conservation. Direction to minimize adverse impacts to wildlife resources affected by oil and gas operations Avoid, mitigate, minimize CPW staff to consult with COGCC and operator when drilling proposed in Sensitive Wildlife Habitat Maps maintained on COGCC website Almost all SWH is west of I-25 Surface owner s consent required for permit-specific conditions

13 Colorado Habitat Exchange Partnership among CPW, Colorado Cattlemen, Environmental Defense Fund, Colorado Oil and Gas Association to provide financial incentives to conserve wildlife habitat Landscape-scale conservation to help species and habitat Landowners earn revenue selling habitat credits Developers benefit by meeting regulatory requirements with less red tape Launching in late-2015 with transactions occurring in Spring 2016

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