This video provides an overview of the Hale Ranch, one of CPW’s newest conservation easements. This magnificent property, located in the San Luis Valley, offers public access for fishing and hunting on the Rio Grande. Thanks to funding provided by the Habitat Stamp, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and some federal dollars, the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program has made great strides in protecting critical wildlife habitat and enhancing public access. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) thanks hunters and anglers for their continued support of this vital conservation program.
Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program
The loss of habitat is one of the greatest threats to Colorado’s wildlife. And, access to quality public lands is one of the biggest challenges facing hunters and anglers. To address both of these growing concerns, Colorado Parks and Wildlife launched the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program, also referred to as the “Habitat Stamp Program.”
Widely supported by hunters, anglers and wildlife conservationists, the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program has provided millions of dollars to landowners to protect high-priority wildlife habitat and enhance public access. Funding for the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program is generated primarily by hunters and anglers who purchase the Habitat Stamp. Proceeds from Great Outdoors Colorado and, occasionally, federal dollars also support this program.
Since its inception in 2006, the program has conserved more than 250,000 acres, including critical big-game winter range and migration corridors. It has also conserved critical wetlands and riparian habitat. In addition, the program has opened more than 117,000 acres for public access, including over 300 miles of river frontage.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife thanks you for your ongoing support of this vital conservation program.
To learn more about Habitat Stamps and Colorado Wildlife Program, please visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.
Video by Jerry Neal. Jerry is the senior videographer and a media specialist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.