Wet Meadows Restoration and Building Project
Natural meadows and riparian habitats within the sagebrush landscape of the Gunnison Basin are resilient and support a sustaining population of Gunnison sage-grouse and other species, biological communities, ecosystem services and livelihoods in the face of a changing climate. Sustained and long-term community commitment to stewardship of meadows and riparian areas helps nature and land-based livelihoods adapt to climate change.
Combined with previous years’ work between 2012 and 2021, the Team has treated approximately 329 acres of riparian habitat, along more than 37 miles of stream with over 1,975 structures to enhance Gunnison sage-grouse brood-rearing habitat.
This project serves as an important demonstration of simple yet effective tools for increasing resilience of meadow and riparian systems in the sagebrush steppe. The techniques have demonstrated significant results that have potential to improve wildlife habitat, hydrologic function and build resilience at a much larger scale.
The collaboration of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, local, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, ranchers, and volunteers has been essential in achieving landscape-scale restoration across land management boundaries. This is the type of collaboration that is needed to effectively prepare nature and people for an uncertain future.
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Wet Meadows Partners
Wet Meadows Restoration and Building Project would not be possible without the collaboration, numerous in-kind contributions, and generous funding of the project partners. In addition, special thanks to the supporting ranchers, landowners and permittees who have been so willing to cooperate on Wet Meadows projects. For more information on the partners, please visit their websites from the interactives links below:
- BIO-Logic, Inc.
- Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
- Bureau of Land Management
- Colorado Natural Heritage Program
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife
- Great Outdoors Colorado
- Gunnison County
- Gunnison Conservation District
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Sagebrush Landscapes Program
- National Park Service
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- San Miguel County
- Terra Foundation
- The Nature Conservancy
- USDA Forest Service
- Western Colorado Conservation Corps
- Western Colorado University (formerly Western State Colorado University)
- Western Water Assessment, University of Colorado
- Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
- Wildlife Conservation Society
- Zeedyk Ecological Consulting