Alamosa News | Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program 2021 Request for Proposals
DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is pleased to announce the 2021 Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program (CWHP) Request for Proposals (RFP). The CWHP is a statewide program that supports the mission of the CPW by providing funding opportunities to private or public landowners who wish to protect important wildlife habitat on their property and / or provide public recreational access. related to wildlife.
The CWHP is an incentive program that uses conservation easements, public access easements and paid title purchases to achieve strategic wildlife conservation goals and / or public access goals. Priority is given to proposals for conservation easements and public access easements over purchases of paid-for securities (in accordance with CPW policy and CRS title 33-4-102.7).
Funding for the 2021 cycle is approximately $ 11 million and is made possible through revenue generated from the sale of the Habitat stamp, hunting and fishing licenses, and through a partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).
To Apply The landowner, or a third party representative, must complete a Project Proposal Form (âProposalâ) that addresses one or more of the following Colorado Parks and Wildlife funding priorities for 2021:
Public access for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing
Wintering area and large game migration corridors
Protect habitat for species of special concern (especially species in greatest need of conservation, as identified in the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Statewide Action Plan)
Riparian areas and wetlands Landscape-scale plots and plots that provide connectivity to conserved lands
All application documents will be available on Thursday September 16, 2021 here: https: //cpw.state. co.us/cwhp
All proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thu. October 28, 2021.
Completed proposals should be emailed to: Wildlife. RealEstateProposals (at) state.co.us.
Applicants will receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of the proposals.
The CWHP funds conservation easements that will be held by CPW or a certified third party holder.
Third party holders of certified conservation easements, such as a land trust, local government or other conservation organization (collectively, âthird partiesâ) may submit a proposal on behalf of the landowner.
Third party holders must be qualified to hold conservation easements under federal and state laws.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife recognizes that maintaining an agriculture compatible with wildlife on the landscape is an important benefit that can be achieved through conservation easements and land management plans.
All conservation easements funded by the CWHP require a management plan. The plan must be approved by the landowner and CPW before the project closes.
The management plan generally includes provisions regarding the type, timing and duration of livestock grazing, recreational activities and overall management of wildlife habitat in order to protect or enhance the conservation values ââof the property identified in the conservation easement.
Property owners are encouraged to develop a clear vision for the future of the property before submitting their proposal. Proposals are scored and ranked through a rigorous review process to assess strategic impacts on conservation, biological significance, public benefits, and project feasibility.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the CWHP Program Manager prior to submitting the proposal, as well as the local CPW Area Wildlife Officer for assistance in accurately describing the values ââof wildlife and l ‘habitat and to discuss the merits of their proposal.
Contact details for the local CPW office are available at https://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Maps/CPW_ Areas.pdf
The final decision on the progress of the proposals is expected to be taken at the CPW Commission meeting in May 2022.
The law requires that all conservation easement properties be monitored annually. Third party conservation easement holders are required to submit to CPW a copy of the annual monitoring report for each conservation easement that receives funding through the CWHP.
Public access is not required for all conservation easement projects, but compensation is available for the granting of wildlife-related public access easements to CPW. Landowners are encouraged to submit proposals for projects whose sole purpose is to provide access to hunting or fishing to the public through a public access easement, with no associated conservation easement.
Under Colorado law, the terms of the transaction become a public matter after the project is completed and closed. In addition, it is important that CPW and major funding partners provide accurate information to the public regarding CWHP’s efforts to protect critical habitats and provide opportunities for hunting and fishing. Applicants should be aware that after a project is closed, information about the transaction, including funding amounts, may be used by CPW for internal planning and public information purposes.
All CWHP real estate transactions are subject to appraisal and appraisal review to verify value. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult their legal and financial advisors when considering any real estate transaction associated with the CWHP.