Thank you to the Larimer County Commissioners and the Larimer County Environmental and Science Advisory Board for recognizing the North Fork Poudre Site Conservation Team (SCT) with the Environmental Stewardship Award! CPRW staff have been honored to work with this first-of-its-kind group made up of 5 private landowners, 3 non-profit conservation organizations, 4 local governmental natural resource departments, 4 state natural resource agencies, and 3 federal land management agencies.
The goal of the N. Fork Poudre SCT is to work toward meeting recovery goals for the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse, striving to recommend simple, straightforward conservation tools for restoration on public and private lands for habitat improvement. The Preble’s Mouse is listed by the USFWS as a threatened species. It is only found along the Front Range of Colorado and Southern Wyoming in riparian areas below 7600 feet.
In accepting the award, Heather Knight, a landowner and SCT member, said, “The team has gathered information and visited properties to develop a Recovery Population Nomination, hosted public watershed tours, open houses and webinars, and is now developing a Conservation Plan. Our conclusion is that the North Fork of the Poudre watershed is in a good position to help meet recovery goals for the Preble’s Mouse. This is based on two important factors. First, a significant amount of the watershed is comprised of public lands whose mission is focused on wildlife conservation and the healthy management of natural resources. Second, a love of this watershed by community members and organizations and the recognition that healthy streams benefit people and nature, has led to a culture of conservation.”
Learn more about the North Fork Poudre Site Conservation Team here.