The Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Mule Deer Foundation and a local rancher plan to rehabilitate 6,400 acres of public lands affected by the Bull Draw Fire. The Bull Draw Fire ignited in July and spread across 36,553 acres near Nucla.
According to a press release from BLM education specialist Chris Asbjorn, the project includes distributing 87,000 pounds of mixed grass and forb seed, treating noxious weed sites and repairing damaged range fencing.
“Identifying opportunities for organizations and community members to partner is critical to meeting the BLM’s multiple-use mission,” said Uncompahgre Field Office Manager Greg Larson. “This project is a shining example of shared stewardship, which benefits the environment, our communities and the local economy.”
Colorado Parks and Wildlife identified the project area as critical winter range for mule deer and a priority for rehabilitation. The project will help ensure available forage for big game species and livestock, as well as reduce the potential for erosion.
For more information, contact Uncompahgre Field Office Ecologist Ken Holsinger at (970) 240-5389.