Colorado Outdoors Podcast: Episode 19 – Spanish Peaks Habitat Work and Forest Restoration

Besides managing wildlife, overseeing hunting and fishing and providing recreational opportunities in 42 state parks and 350 state wildlife areas, Colorado Parks and Wildlife also provides habitat for animals.

Besides managing wildlife, overseeing hunting and fishing and providing recreational opportunities in 42 state parks and 350 state wildlife areas, Colorado Parks and Wildlife also provides habitat for animals.

If a forest is too dense, animals can’t move freely through it. Sunlight won’t reach the forest floor and grasses, forbs and shrubs won’t grow to provide food for wildlife. And a dense forest is at risk to a wildfire that burns intensely and moves rapidly through treetops that overlap.

The job of creating healthy forests and improving habitat falls to wildlife technicians and specialists like Casey Cooley, forest habitat coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Mike Smith, wildlife technician at the Spanish Peaks State Wildlife Area near Trinidad.

They are joining us today for this podcast because they just finished an exciting habitat improvement project at the Spanish Peaks State Wildlife Area 25 miles northwest of Trinidad.

For more information, please read Spanish Peaks State Wildlife Area Habitat Improvements.


Podcast hosted by Mark Johnson. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a nationally recognized leader in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. The agency manages 42​ state parks, all of Colorado’s 960-plus wildlife species, more than 350 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs from hunting and fishing to the state’s trails program, boat registrations, snowmobiles, off-highway vehicles and more. All of its management is in perpetuity for the enjoyment of Coloradans and its visitors and this podcast is dedicated to telling the stories and happenings in Colorado’s great outdoors.

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