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Eagle land owner responds to wildlife study

EAGLE, Colorado ” Ric Newman is the owner of the Haymeadow property located immediately east of the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink.

It’s a piece of ground that is the logical next step as Eagle grows. It’s also the place where elk have massed during the past couple of winters. Last year, the Haymeadow was a particularly popular elk hang out, in part because cattle hadn’t grazed the area and there was plenty of food.

This year the pickings were slimmer. But when the Colorado Division of Wildlife decided to launch a feeding program last month, Newman Realty Holdings agreed to make the property available. Newman says his willingness to work with the Division of Wildlife is indicative of his development philosophy.

“As concerned and committed members of the Eagle community, our intent is to be good stewards of the land and good neighbors,” he says.

Newman says that, more than a year ago, he agreed to wait to ask that this land be incorpoprated into the town while Eagle revised its growth policies.

He said any development plan will have to meet the standards in the plan update, which he knows will include wildlife rules.

“Like the Eagle Ranch Development, Haymeadow will incorporate recommendations from the (Division of Wildlife) in the development plan, including a design that would accommodate wildlife movement,” Newman says.

That said, Newman also pointed to the conclusions offered by Rick Thompson, the biologist who worked with the Division of Wildlife on Eagle Ranch.

“Hay meadows are non-native habitat that the (Division of Wildlife) does not classify as ‘critical.’ The Division of Wildlife actually recommends locating development in hayfields and avoiding native habitat,” says Thompson.

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