Gypsum taps wildlife impact fund |

Gypsum taps wildlife impact fund

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

Gypsum’s town council has approved up to $12,000 for use in a joint project with the Bureau of Land Management and Habitat Partnership Program, a branch of the Division of Wildlife.

The $12,000 will come from a collection of a .01 percent wildlife transfer tax, which was implemented around 2000, mostly for developments occurring south of Eagle County Regional Airport.

The project deals with approximately 950 acres owned by the BLM south of the airport, known as the Spring Creek area. One of the primary goals is to bolster sage brush habitat that is being taken over by invasive plants, such as cheat grass. Sage habitat is important for animals like mule deer and sage grouse, which have been affected by development. The project is currently in preliminary research phases and is slated to begin around the end of May.

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