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Eagle named Conservationist Of The Year

Eagle Valley Enterprise staff
Eagle, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado ” The town of Eagle, Colorado has been named Conservationist Of The Year by the Eagle County Conservation District.

The award recognizes an innovative wildlife habitat improvement project completed by the town, partnering with the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the local chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation.

When the Eagle Ranch development was approved, the town negotiated a portion of the real estate transfer tax would go to a wildlife preservation fund. That money has accumulated for several years and last summer, the three entities pitched in to improve mule deer habitat on sections of U.S. Bureau of Land Management property south of town. The project was overseen by the Eagle Ranch Wildlife Committee which is made up of representatives from the town, the DOW and the Eagle Ranch Association. It cost $800,000 from the Eagle Ranch Wildlife Mitigation Fund, $200,000 from the CDOW and $10,000 from the mule deer foundation.

Eagle Open Space Coordinator Bill Heicher noted that by improving habitat for mule deer, the project also benefits several other species. “It’s a pretty remarkable project,” he added, noting that it is the first of its kind in the state.

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