Grant targets human impact at local wildlife area |

Grant targets human impact at local wildlife area

— A new funding source created by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Great Outdoors Colorado, which targets small but important natural resource projects, will channel $14,000 to the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area near Steamboat Springs. The grant will support the third phase of a habitat restoration project on the Yampa River.

The wildlife area, known affectionately as “The Chuck,” is an easy bicycle ride south of Steamboat on Routt County Road 14 and is a popular destination for anglers, walkers and bird watchers. However, its popularity has led to degradation of the river bank.

The new grant monies from the CPW Director’s Innovation Fund will support planting of vegetation and the installation of rock structures to re-direct river flows and reduce sediment. The intent is to help the wildlife area withstand the increasing human recreation there.

To date, GOCO has used a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to invest more than $54 million in Routt County projects, including the conservation of 62,000 acres of land upgrades to facilities at Howelsen Hill and trails on Emerald Mountain among others.

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